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While there’s a whimsical Ghibli Museum, the chances we’ll ever see a long-hoped-for Studio Ghibli theme park are likely slim, at best. Until that glorious day arrives, we can gaze at this imagined My Neighbor Totoro attraction and dream at what could be.
It’s the work of John Ramirez, a Disney story artist and theme park designer who just happens to be a big Studio Ghibli fan. The ride is like a journey through the 1988 anime classic itself, with guests traveling in large acorn buggies though some of the film’s key moments: from dad’s office, through the bushes, past the turning tree, and so on.
Designer and illustrator Hyo Taek Kim pays tribute to the films of anime legend Hayao Miyazaki with a series of Andy Warhol-inspired prints.
Called the “Special Soup Series,” the project is of course a play on Warhol’s famed Campbell’s Soup Cans, only here each of the 10 cans represents one of Miyazaki’s classics, from 1984’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind to 1997’s Princess Mononoke to 2013’s The Wind Rises.
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Hayao Miyazaki’s 1988 classic My Neighbor Totoro is loved around the world for its animation style, its embrace of the wonders of childhood and the beauty of nature, and of course its cuddly characters. However, the anime may have a secret dark side that influences criminal behavior.
According to Rocket News24, a man was arrested Sunday in Taichung, Taiwan, after he allegedly walked into a convenience store, and then ran out with a shoplifted umbrella. He fled down the street and straight into a waiting
Catbus police officer.
If merely watching Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke over and over again isn’t enough to satisfy your craving for Hayao Miyazaki’s beloved films, you can now drape yourself in them — or at least in clothing inspired by them.
Wizards of the West has introduced its Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli Collection for men and women, featuring T-shirts, dress shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, leggings and swimsuits depicting characters from seven of the anime legend’s films: Spirited Away, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Castle in the Sky, Princess Mononoke, Ponyo, My Neighbor Totoro and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.
Hayao Miyazaki, the famed filmmaker behind such beloved anime as My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke, is spearheading the construction of a nature retreat for children.
According to The Japan Times, the project will be built in a virgin forest on Kumejima Island, about 56 miles west of Okinawa Island. Expected to be completed in 2018, the project will replace existing playground equipment and include a two-story building that can accommodate up to 30 people.
Before the the first image even materializes on screen, hauntingly familiar piano notes put you in the perfect frame of mind for this stunning tribute to the films of animation legend Hayao Miyazaki.
This is no mere compilation of clips, however. Up-and-coming animator “Dono,” whose work has drawn the attention of Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich, recreated settings from Miyazaki’s films using the 3D-animation software Blender, and then incorporated key scenes into those CG environments using Gimp, Octane and Natron.
If your plans to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Studio Ghibli don’t include a tattoo sleeve inspired by some of Hayao Miyazaki’s most beloved films, well … then maybe you’re not a real fan.
The work of Andy Kurth of Electric Chair Tattoo in Clio, Michigan, this amazing sleeve features characters and scenes from Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle.
Political cartoons | Legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki said in a Japanese radio interview that it was a “mistake” for the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo to publish cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. “For me, I think it’s a mistake to make caricatures of what different cultures worship,” he said when asked about the January attack on the magazine’s offices that left 12 dead. “It’s a good idea to stop doing that.” Miyazaki reportedly said cartoonists should use caricature to target their own country’s politicians. “”It just looks suspect to go after political leaders from other countries,” he explained. [Kotaku]
The Ghibli Museum is already a place of pilgrimage for devotees of legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, but one fan dreams of something more, something bigger: a Disneyland-style theme park devoted to Studio Ghibili’s works. Ghibli Land, if you will.
Japanese illustrator Takumi has drawn a map of this hypothetical theme park, whose design appears to be based on Tokyo Disneyland. However, here Howl’s Moving Castle stands (presumably only briefly) at the center, and Tarzan’s Treehouse is replaced with My Neighbor Totoro‘s. You’ll also notice Princess Mononoke‘s Irontown, the Spirited Away bathhouse and more, all encircled by the Cat Bus monorail.
Although we’ve known it’d likely be a long time before we saw Hayao Miyazaki’s samurai manga, the anime legend now concedes he’s become so busy since his retirement that, “I have my doubts as to whether I can finish it or not.”
Miyazaki, who’s being honored Saturday with a Governors Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, told Variety the manga “keeps getting pushed behind other projects. I can’t work on it as much as I’d like to.”
Designer Martin Hsu has partnered with Bigshot Toyworks to produced a limited-run figure based on anime director and manga artist Hayao Miyazaki. Proceeds from the sale of the 6-inch figure, called “Miya-san,” will be donated to Karakuwa-Maru, an organization dedicated to rebuilding Karakuwa in Kesennuma City, Japan, in the aftermath of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
The figure costs $95 U.S.; preorders are being accepted through Jan. 31, with a projected ship date of April.
Miyazaki, the visionary director of such films as Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away, announced his retirement in September following the release of The Wind Rises. He’s slowly working on a samurai manga that will be serialized in the Japanese magazine Model Graphix.
In addition to guest appearances by Stan Lee and Harlan Ellison, Sunday’s episode of The Simpsons will also feature a tribute to anime legend Hayao Miyazaki, who announced his retirement from filmmaking in September, only to return his attention to manga.
The hallucinatory sequence, which you can watch below, features Homer and a salaryman stumbling through the streets after a night of drinking, and encounter a veritable parade of nods to Miyazaki’s classics, from Otto as Catbus to Patty and Selma flying on broomsticks to a moving Kwik-E-Mart.
In case you don’t recognize all of the references, Salon.com has put together a video that annotates most of them (also below).
The Simpsons airs Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.
Manga | Hayao Miyazaki’s samurai manga will be serialized in the Japanese magazine Model Graphix, but progress is reportedly slow: Miyazaki, the director of classic animated films including My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away, has completed just three pages. [Anime News Network]
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Conventions | Cleveland’s small-press comics convention Genghis Con is this weekend, with a guest list that includes Derf Backderf (My Friend Dahmer) and Mike Sangiacomo (Tales of the Starlight Drive-In). [The Plain Dealer]
As we noted last week, legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki may have left the world of anime, but he hasn’t retired entirely. Instead, Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki revealed he’s working on a samurai manga, set in the Sengoku (Warring States) period of Japanese history. And on Monday, Japan’s NHK broadcast a first look at Miyazaki’s progress.
Miyazaki actually drew his first manga, Puss in Boots, in 1969, but he is best known for his seven-volume Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, which Viz Media recently reprinted as a two-volume boxed set; the first part of the story was the basis for his film of the same name.
Suzuki previously said last week that Miyazaki regards drawing as his “stress relief”; the manga will run in a magazine and that Miyazaki is doing it for free. Here’s a look at the work in progress: