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ANIME AICN - Ghibli's Tales from Earthsea/Gedo Senki Trailer

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Column by Scott Green

Twitch and Ghibli World point out that a trailer for Gedo Senki aka Tales of Earthsea, the Studio Ghibli animated feature adaptation of Ursula K. Le Guin's sci-fi cycle has been posted by Catsuka here. The movie will be directed by the renowned Hayao Miyazaki's son Goro. The trailer originally appeared on Japanese NTV's "Zoom In Super" program.

From's translation of the movie's production blog the movie's current status is as of February 15, 326 of 1,235 (26%) cuts of Gedo Senki were completed.

Details of production situation:

Layout: 1,218 of 1,235 (99%) cuts completed.
Goro did the layout of 402 (33%) cuts
Key animation: 790 (64%) cuts
Animation: 458 (37%) cuts
Background paintings: 468 (38%) cuts

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  • Feb. 23, 2006, 8:19 a.m. CST


    by pipergates

    myasaki&le guin,supematch

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 8:27 a.m. CST


    by nolan bautista


  • Feb. 23, 2006, 8:49 a.m. CST

    thanks for crashing the server!

    by godoffireinhell


  • Feb. 23, 2006, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Mouth Breathers....

    by Lain Of The Net

    I know some of you have trouble walking and chewing gum so the idea of watching something and reading (perhaps that is the problem?) may be beyond you. I have a solution. Don't watch it. I'm sure you have other things to do i.e. online games, slasher movies, Disney or your cousins. Some anime does indeed blow but so far nothing from Studio Ghibli does. I appreciate Scott's efforts.

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 11:31 a.m. CST

    "Cool effects and dumb story lines never get anywhere"

    by The Killer-Goat

    Funny, seems to do wonders for live action hollywood...

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Girth, you faggot

    by monorail77

    First you proclaim that Anime blows, then you furiously backpedal the moment you are challenged. Grow some balls, ass. If you really think Anime blows, say so. If you don't then why the fuck proclaim it? Ass.

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Can't wait

    by Daredevil

    Almost anything that comes out of Studio Ghibli is great. And Earthsea is a terrific story to adapt. Even sci-fi channel was able to get it half right (the rest...ouch!) Now we can see someone get it ALL right.

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 2:05 p.m. CST

    So true Daredevil!...

    by Lain Of The Net

    I think we are lucky to see these films. I get a little bothered by anyone complaining about anime in general when the topic is Studio Ghibli. Good stories, nicely hand-drawn and assembled with care. Anyone using a column about a Ghibli film to criticize anime in general has obviously never seen any of the studio's work.

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 2:18 p.m. CST

    I would be watching this trailer right now...

    by SpacePhil

    ... if it wasn't for the format. Realplayer is the devil.

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Homophobia and Racism all in one Talkback...

    by Apone

    You guys really know how to make a point. Get over it and sleep together, it will do you both some good. Girth check out almost any movie by Studio Ghibli. Miyasaki is acknowledged as one of the WORLD's premiere film directors (and, unlike some, truely deserves it.)But it is gonna require an open mind. PS: I actually agree with you that most Anime is goofy, but like any mass-produced thing there are the gems.

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Skin Color in Earthsea

    by scaler

    I've not read the Earthsea books, but I remember that when SciFi did the Earthsea miniseries a while back, one of LeGuin's big complaints was that they made nearly all the characters lilly white, while in her books, most of the characters had darker skin tones. It looks like, in this respect, Ghibli is going the same route as SciFi, and that's a shame. I've loved everything I've seen by Ghibli, but it would still be nice to see them sticking closer to LeGuin's vision.

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Looks like the animation quality is being cut back...

    by Johnno

    Colours not so bright, but i suppose that's the idea. Also evokes a bit of Nausicaa... By the way, this isn't Hayao Miyazaki directing this, it's his son I believe... and he seemed rather against the idea, but we'll see how it pans out. Either way I have absolutely no iea what this is about, but I'll be there for this on day one of the limited release I'm sure it'll get...

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 5:42 p.m. CST

    New Rule:


    Any link that points to a REAL player file should be blocked and banned by all ISPs, Google and any other reputable website. Thank you for your cooperation.

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 5:53 p.m. CST

    evokes Nausicaa

    by quentintarantado

    Goro Miyazake seems to be using the costumes and production artwork from his dad's first feature, Nausicaa. Not that I mind, it seems like a visit back to a beloved friend. Ghibli seems to intentionally reuse character designs (the old grandma, the moustached sidekick, the materialistic villain, among others) though their roles vary in every film. It's like having a repertory of actors who ask at the start of every production "Who am I this time?" I've read the entire Earthsea trilogy, I saw some familiar scenes, but I wonder if they will try cover the entire trilogy in one film. I'd enjoy it and I wouldn't mind if they did three films.

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Pixar Ghibli collaboration

    by quentintarantado

    Since Lasseter is now a serious head honcho in Disney and he's a big fan of Miyazaki, I wonder if he's offered a Disney-Ghibli collaboration? (Ghibli-Disney? Ghibli-Pixney? Ghibli-Disnar?) I'm interested in such hybrid creations. The Disney Pixar deal had me frightened at first but their recent moves (buying back Oswald the Rabbit, resurrecting hand-drawn animation) seem encouraging. A collaboration like this would be interesting. Heck, if they want a really ballsy move (and it seems highly unlikely because I get the impression these companies are very insular) how about a Ghibli-Studio IG-Pixney collaboration? What would they try? Stars My Destination? Ringworld? The Foundation Trilogy? (Sorry, you can see I have an English-language/scifi bias). Well, weirder things have happened.

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 7:56 p.m. CST

    by jwalling101

    I agree that the trailer for Goro's first feature reminds me a lot of Nausicaa, but I wonder how much of that was the director himself or the art director. I don't think that Goro has been drawing any animation for the film like his father had, depicting a distinct fingerprint on every frame, so I don't know how much credit he should get for the style of each character and background drawing. I know he's reposible for a lot of the layouts though, so if any of the compositions and layouts represent his distinct personality, then I believe he has succeeded in separating himself from Hayao. I guess we'll have to wait for the actual film to come out to see if he succeeded in making a good movie, worthy of the Ghibli name.

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 8:04 p.m. CST

    that was earthsea?

    by Holodigm

    that's funny...because i don't remember ged ever being a slave...or there being machines...or white people. 99% of the time i don't give a fuck about race in movies, and i don't care about changes from novel to screen either. but the earthsea books don't need to be changed in order to be amazing onscreen (scifi changed it...look what happened). i really hope i'm wrong, because i'm dying for a quality rendition of anything earthsea, but that trailer gave me a real bad feeling about this...

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 9:08 p.m. CST

    GirthFerguson shut the fuck up!!!

    by JarJar25

    Your don't give a shut about anime, nor do you know anything about to tell me or anyone else that it blows fuckhead! Name me some films and TV series that blow and tell me why that are not good asshole! I have seen all of Miyazaki's films, Otomo's and Ohishi's too. DO YOU EVEN KNOW WHO THOSE LAST TWO GUYS ARE? Ever seen Angel's Egg or Megazone 23? I know that your here to blow yourself and make us angry. If you say your interested in a certain anime show or two, then watch and tell what you thought. Until, get the hell out of here!

  • Feb. 24, 2006, 12:05 a.m. CST

    As a great admirer of Miyazaki...

    by Stan the Bat

    ...I have to say this didn't knock me out. Yes, I know it's his kid and not the man himself. I'm wondering if knowing that colored my impression of the trailer... but no, I think there just wasn't anything very wonderful in it. Incidentally, if all you bring to a Miyazaki/Ghibli talkback is "Anime sucks," you're just identifying yourself as someone who's never seen a Miyazaki film. If you must be ignorant at least try to be discreetly ignorant.

  • Feb. 24, 2006, 12:28 a.m. CST

    by Harry Weinstein

    That's from EARTHSEA director Goro Miyazaki's blog. It's a real shame that this project seems to have stirred up some potent ill will within the Miyazaki family, or at least dragged it into the public eye. That's some cold-hearted shit to say about your dad in front of what amounts to a global audience. Hayao Miyazaki is a infamous perfectionist and workaholic, and he did strongly oppose Goro directing a feature film, but even if it's 100% true, it's definitely a cheap, low-class Jerry Springer-style move on Goro's part. Some thing don't belong on your fucking blog. He may have beef with his dad, and it may be totally justified, but Goro and Hayao Miyazaki are for all practical purposes co-workers, and they should both show each other proper respect in public. No matter if you love anime or hate it, Studio Ghibli is nothing if not a thoroughly classy operation, and first time director Goro would do well to keep that at the front of his mind the next time he wants to dis his father while working in the studio that father more or less built. Grow up, Goro. Be a man and show some class.

  • Feb. 24, 2006, 1:45 a.m. CST

    I'll watch anything directed by anyone named; Goro.

    by OldEnoughForMe


  • Feb. 24, 2006, 1:52 a.m. CST

    Hayao Miyazaki as a father

    by jwalling101

    It really does seem to have become some kind of tabliods shit about the relationship of Hayao with his son Goro... but really, I think it adds to the legacy that is Hayao Miyazaki. If history has shown us anything it's that not all geniuses were perfect (Van Gogh, Hemmingway, Poe, etc.) The fact that Hayao is a perfectionist and workaholic leaves little room for family, though the ironic thing is that the messages he embodies in his films see to be mainly about family and friendship. As uplifting and innocent his films are, there is an undercurrent of pessimism to his thoughts: he believes that the current culture of Japan is doomed and he will relish the day the sea overflows and the towers of Tokyo corrupt in the currents. He hopes that through his work people will learn the values of hard work and conservation, of nature and of traditions, which is why most of his themes are of naturalism and young adolecents facing adversity by finding in themselves the strength to do so. You might find this hypocritical to the way he has treated his own family, but through an objective observance of Hayao's character this seems quite IN character. I commend Goro on his quest to set himself apart from the great shadow that is his father's accomplishments, and only time will tell whether he succeeds in setting for himself a name in the animation world.

  • Feb. 24, 2006, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Ahhh ... to GirthFerguson cometh wisdom

    by Frietag

    Which Miyazaki film was it?

  • Feb. 24, 2006, 4:21 p.m. CST

    LeGuin's pissing and moaning about race was stupid

    by Daredevil

    Because when I read the books as a kid, the only time I recalled a character's ethnicity specifically being mentioned was Ged's buddy from the south whose people were all a lot darker-skinned than other people. I had always pictured Ged as looking European because he came from the north, and there wasn't much in the book that changed that impression. And I wasn't just forgetting things. When I reread the books just before the miniseries came out, there was, I think, one referrence to Ged's hair color being dark and his skin being tan. That could be a Welshman as easily as it could be an Indian! If it were so important to LeGuin that readers knew what the people in the book looked like, she could have at least described it a bit better. Like I said, it was so memorable to me as a kid, I didn't even notice. Unless a character has a definite look, you should be able to cast/draw them any way you want. That's why it wasn't a big deal for Kingpin in Daredevil to be black, since his race wasn't an integral part of the character. But to do something give Gandalf brown hair in Lord of the Rings would have been unthinkable, since being an old grey-haired man was so much a part of the character. Besides, it looks more like they're adapting the story, and creating their own fantastical style for the design of the world. Heck, if it were Miyazaki himself directing, Ged would likely be turned into a girl. I bet it would still be really good that way.

  • Feb. 24, 2006, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Girth, glad you liked it...

    by Apone

    And kudos for telling us, it takes a grown, mature person to step up and examine his statements and do the research. Bravo. You have restored my faith in humanity a little bit today, thanks.

  • Feb. 24, 2006, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Thanks Girth, but...

    by monorail77

    "What I mean by the smarts that count is the smarts that a fucking insecure child moslester has."........I'm not insecure about that.....Ass.

  • Feb. 24, 2006, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Not hypocracy....

    by Harry Weinstein

    ...just because your art frequently addresses the bonds of family doesn't mean that you can put it into practice in your own life so easily. Maybe that's exactly why it's so prominent in his works - he couldn't do it in real life. It detracts nothing from the art. And Goro has every right to try and make a name for himself, to step out of his father's shadow. If that's what I saw him doing, it would be one thing. Jake Kasdan's style is different from Lawrence Kasdan's. Francis, Sofia, Roman, and Christopher Coppola all have styles that are very distinct from each other. Mario and Lamberto Bava's styles are different, though Lamberto pulled off a charming homage to his father's DANGER: DIABOLK in the form of a music video recently. TALES FROM EARTHSEA, based on the trailer, lacks this distinction. It totally looks to me like a Hayao Miyazaki film, too much so for comfort. To work with many of his father's crew and voice actors, and produce something so close in appearance to his father's acclaimed works, while at the same time dissing him as a father on his blog - that shows a real lack of class. Perhaps his storytelling style is totally different - we'll have to wait for the finished product for the answer to that. If nothing else, it looks like a quality film, but if he really wanted to step out of his father's shadow, he didn't do a very good job of it. Hayao's work is instantly recognisable. Goro's is not, so far - unless it's mistakenly recognised as something done by his father, and that can't be what either Miyazaki wants.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 8:47 a.m. CST

    i agree, le guin was pissy and stupid about skin color

    by newc0253

    of all the things she could complain about the SciFi channel's crappy adaptation, *that* was her biggest complaint? i loved the earthsea books but she seems stuck in the 1960s.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Earthsea tones


    I always had a clear impression that most of the characters in A Wizard of Earthsea were dark skinned. I never felt like LeGuin needed to further hit me over the head with it; as if she had to aggressively relieve me of my default vision of SF/Fantasy characters (that unless we're told they're green, they're white as Harlan Ellison.) Even as a kid I found it refreshingly different that the people of Earthsea (at least the part of that world depicted in the book) looked the way they do. When people ask why they have to be dark skinned I say why not? A better question is:Why make all these dark-skinned characters white for a screen adaptation? I don't get it. I imagine somebody had to come up with a reason at some point, but I can't imagine it was a good one. I'm with Ursula.

  • Feb. 26, 2006, 1:37 a.m. CST

    That's Earthsea?

    by Plum

    Really? I saw a boy and a girl who could conceivably be Ged and Tenar, but they were both white, and Tenar was interacting with a man. This sounds like it's at least trying to go beyond the "WB drama with fantasy themes" that Sci-Fi farted out, but still. Man, can't we get a really respectful adaptation of LeGuin's stories before we get all these complete takeoffs? Just once?

  • Feb. 26, 2006, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Double Standards Your Racism is Showing...

    by FlickChick

    Wow...I remember all the pissing and moaning fanboys did over Will Smith in Wild, Wild, West...and Black Kingpin and of coure, they don't give a crap about the author of the books being pissed that EVERY brownskinned-character was changed to white. Because hey, they look just like them and it wasn't really emphasized, right? Sentiments like this are sadly not surprising. White as default is racist folks and no matter what your little 11 year old minds wanted it to be Ursula wrote her characters as non-white. They've been interpreted twice as white with very little fuss against it except, of course, AGAINST Ursula's rant.

  • March 25, 2006, 4:59 p.m. CST

    The characters are Ghibli humanoids

    by Drath

    And Ghibli humanoids are never black or indian or dark skinned unless they're old. They're meant to be Japanese but stylized to a point that we white westerners can look at them and see ourselves. The same designs used for semi-western people in Howl's Moving Castle and Kiki's Delivery Service were used for characters who were obviously meant to be Japanese in Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, and Spirited Away. So basically, Ghibli always uses characters they understand to be Japanese and has recast Le Guin's characters as Japanese--something that would not have been possible if they'd adopted darker skin tones. Is it right? I don't agree with the choice, but I can't say I'm surprised given that Japanese culture is notoriously xenophobic. We can say we don't agree but since it's not our culture we don't have much say about it. The only recourse for us is to voice our disapproval and/or boycott the movie (which I don't think would mean anything to them since their real audience is in Japan). Is this worse than Sci-Fi's changes? Well put it this way, the US which has a lot more people of color in its population should be a lot more capable of making a fantasy story with a diverse cast (including a non-white lead) than Japan, which has less diversity of skin tones. Although I don't think Ged should be black either, he sounds more Arabic or even Greek/Welsh than he does black. But it seems like black is the only other color a lot of people ever seem to acknowledge around here.