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AICN Anime-Hayao Miyazaki's Next Film Announced

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The excellent Hayao Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli resource has reported that the master animator's next film will be "Gake no ue no Ponyo" (Ponyo On A Cliff). The project, scheduled to appear in Japanese theaters in summer 2008 tracks the story of the Princess goldfish Ponyo who wants to become human and 5 years old boy named Sosuke. Key words of the film are "father", "mother", and "a cliff". Old images of Hayao Miyazaki's son, Tales of Earthsea director Goro Miyazaki, were used as the model for the Sosuke character. Watercolor and pastel-like freehand drawing will be used to capture the look of the sea and waves, which according to Studio Ghibli President Toshio Suzuki composes "70 or 80%" of the film's stage. Persistent rumors had suggested that the Miyazaki's next film would be an adaptation of the Chinese story I Lost My Little Boy. See here for more.
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  • March 19, 2007, 10:45 a.m. CST


    by Bishop6


  • March 19, 2007, 10:49 a.m. CST


    by henrydalton

    Great news :) Miyazaki's films are immense, even if the last 10 seconds of Howl's Moving Castle was the stupidest thing I've seen in quite some time... ;)

  • March 19, 2007, 10:50 a.m. CST

    To-toro, To-toro....

    by henrydalton

    la la la la la... um.

  • March 19, 2007, 11:03 a.m. CST

    I Lost My Little Boy

    by Brendon

    Wish I knew how those rumours got started, because the conduits were sound, if you know what I mean. Maybe it's a new Takahata project? Who knows. Time will tell. The official Ghibli website is apparently going to host Ponyo images from later today!

  • March 19, 2007, 11:04 a.m. CST

    I'm not a big anime fan...

    by beastie

    ... but I can not wait for anything Miyazaki does. The man is a master storyteller who transcends anime.

  • March 19, 2007, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Miyazaki-san ga taberu hazu desu!

    by Acne Scarface


  • March 19, 2007, 11:18 a.m. CST

    You're right beastie...

    by rbatty024

    I actually think most anime is overrated but Miyazaki's films transcend the medium and culture. He's an artist for those who don't generally like anime, but at the same time he never seems watered down or comprimises his films.

  • March 19, 2007, 11:26 a.m. CST

    can't wait for the next masterpiece

    by Evil Hobbit

    miyazaki is amazing, ghibli is amazing

  • March 19, 2007, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Summer 2007???

    by half vader

    What, so it's already finished then?

  • March 19, 2007, 11:56 a.m. CST

    "Key words are "father", "mother", and "cliff""

    by newc0253

    wow. AICN should extend this to all movie news, e.g. for the transformers movie, key words are 'transformer', 'eye' and 'more than meets'. or, for 300, key words are 'spartan', 'persian' and 'big fucking battle'. this will help us illiterate readers to grasp the big concepts more readily.

  • March 19, 2007, 11:57 a.m. CST

    re: Summer 2007

    by ScottGreen

    That was a type-o, it should have read 2008. apologies

  • March 19, 2007, 12:06 p.m. CST

    I can't wait.

    by jolaz

    Could the key words for this movie be..."year's", "Little Miss Sunshine" and "this"?

  • March 19, 2007, 12:10 p.m. CST


    by conbarba

    trip to japan then.

  • March 19, 2007, 12:18 p.m. CST

    And upon clicking the "here" link I see...

    by Harry Weinstein

    ...that it's actually images of GORO's son that Grandpa Miyazaki is using for character models, which makes a lot more sense. Given the well-publicized beef between Hayao and Goro, the only thing I can picture Hayao using pictures of Goro for is target practice. To be fair, got this wrong also.

  • March 19, 2007, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Could someone please explain

    by Fecal Debris

    what that Harry-troll thing in the corner is supposed to be from? If it's based on a movie, I guess I'm not in the know. It's creepy, that thing, that break dancing bearded cave gnome

  • March 19, 2007, 12:33 p.m. CST's scoop

    by Badtz

    To give credit where it's due, had the scoop on this story. I think it's funny that is getting the credit but the link goes to the site that originated it.

  • March 19, 2007, 12:47 p.m. CST

    So anything you feel is better than traditional anime..

    by Johnno

    isn't considered anime? If I feel Stanley Kubrick's movies transcend film... that that mean it's no longer a film? Then what is it? In the end it is anime. There's good stuff, bad stuff, groundbreaking/transcending the norm stuff, and the typical mainstream cookie cutter shit. But it's still anime. You can't just separate what you like and abhor the medium as a whole. Who are you trying to kid? Anyway we've gotta learn more about this flic... like what exactly is the title?

  • March 19, 2007, 12:49 p.m. CST

    holy shit!!

    by Fecal Debris

    Spidey photo gallery at RT!! See Venom clear as day!

  • March 19, 2007, 12:50 p.m. CST

    This kind of stuff is amazing

    by godzillasushi

    His films really just blow everything else out of the water. I wish we had more 2-d stuff in America.

  • March 19, 2007, 1:04 p.m. CST

    The corner animation

    by cyberskunk

    I think it is an homage to a Betty Boop animation called The Old Man of the Mountain. if you use a search engine, you can find a copy you can legally download or stream from a browser.

  • March 19, 2007, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Little Little Mermaid

    by Sit and Watch

    Sea Princess who wants to be human and a boy? Little Mermaidish or not, I'm sure it will be incredible.

  • March 19, 2007, 1:11 p.m. CST

    corner animation continued

    by cyberskunk

    In fact, here.

  • March 19, 2007, 1:37 p.m. CST

    thanks cyberskunk

    by Fecal Debris

    Usually the animation is something topical. I couldn't place it.

  • March 19, 2007, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Father, Mother, Cliff

    by Banky the Hack

    So this guy is walking along the beach and cliffs by the ocean enjoying a beautiful day when he comes across a sobbing little boy at the top of one of the cliffs. The man crouches down in front of the boy and asks, "What's wrong son?" "Well," answers the boy, "My mommy and daddy were fighting and my mommy pushed my daddy and my daddy pushed my mommy and they both fell over the cliff." So the man stands up and peers over the edge of the cliff, and sees two mangled bodies far below on the rocks, the waves crashing over them. He turns back to the boy, unzips his fly, and says, "Man, it's just not your day is it?"

  • March 19, 2007, 1:52 p.m. CST


    by Hyphin was it...this site hasnt posted anything. Trailer thoughts?

  • March 19, 2007, 2:56 p.m. CST


    by Lissa-Triana

    It was wonderful! Tons of fun was had with singing of pirate songs, costumes, and the showing of the first movie with a really great print. The trailer was so good as soon as it ended I wanted to see it again... and I guess everyone else did too because they did.

  • March 19, 2007, 3:03 p.m. CST


    by longevitymonk

    I was at the POTC event. My thoughts on the trailer: The action looks better than the previous two. There's a great shot of Jack Sparrow sword fighting Davy Jones on the mast of a ship as it circles a giant whirlpool and a storm rages around them. There's a giant ship floating across the sands of a desert. Tons of Rush and his beloved monkey. A giant waterfall at the end of the earth. Chow Yun Fat's head is shaved and tattooed and he has a goatee of kung fu kick-ass-ery. Jack crazily lights a cannon that is tied to a rope he is holding to catapult himself into the sea. Dr Tran was giving out Hot Dickings at the screening...Hot Dickings and Disney shwag bags containing a replica of Jacks head-scarf, a demo of POTC online, a cool piece of promotional art all tucked away in a snazzy black case. The highlight of the event (besides the trailer and HOT DICKINGS!) was a pirate with a jar of dirt..BEHOLD MY JAR OF DIRT. Oh...and there was this crazy scottsman in a kilt screaming pirate nonsense and revealing the origin of "AAAAAARRRRRR!".

  • March 19, 2007, 4:37 p.m. CST

    as I always say in a Miyazaki TB...

    by Strabo

    ...please god, someone put a copy of Salman Rushdie's "Haroun and the Sea of Stories" in Miyazaki's hands, and convince him to film it. I guarantee it'll be his best film. Please, god, please. Look, I'm asking god for a miracle, and I don't even believe in god! That's how important it is that he reads this book!

  • March 19, 2007, 7:59 p.m. CST

    First image from film...

    by pjdon

    Don't kniw if any of you noticed that they updated the story on the Ghibli site, here's the first image from the film:

  • March 19, 2007, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Have to say he aboslutely ruined Howl's Moving Castle

    by superninja

    Don't get me wrong, the visual quality was there, but the story was simply weakened by his choices.

  • March 19, 2007, 8:16 p.m. CST

    The thing is, he seems to be making the same

    by superninja

    film over and over again. Perhaps not earlier, but the last few the elements are so similar I'd just like to see him tackle something different.

  • March 19, 2007, 10:13 p.m. CST


    by Toddstarwatcher PPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP3.html go there, not great quality yet but there will be soon!!!!!

  • March 20, 2007, 12:59 a.m. CST


    by Johnno

    From what I heard, Hayao was not fully responsible for Howl's, there was actually some other director who then dropped out during a late stage of pre-produciton or something and Miyazaki took over, otherwise Spirited Away was supposed to be his last work or something... not too sure... but anyway, it's what I heard...

  • March 20, 2007, 2:14 a.m. CST

    i'm back, fuckaz!

    by council estate scumbag

    i had to do 3 days community service, but now i'm back, gimps! the maestro returns, and so does miyazaki! this new one sounds good. porno an a cliff

  • March 20, 2007, 2:19 a.m. CST

    wise words superninja

    by council estate scumbag

    re howl's moving castle. i agree, son. had production qualities of every other ghibli film (as in it was the bollocks!), but the story was all over the pleace. didn't know who's motivation was what, or where the hell the story was going. his weakest effort since kiki. and ironically both films he took over from someone else. when he sees a film through from its birth then it usually turns aaht alright.

  • March 20, 2007, 10:50 a.m. CST

    grandson, not son

    by treadwell

    the info at the link provided says the model for the character is the son of Hayao's son, not Hayao's son himself.

  • March 20, 2007, 11:02 a.m. CST

    miyazaki is the lord

    by council estate scumbag

    he should have his own chuch, sez me. this film is gonna rock. i wanna know more. watched spirited away again yesterday. it was wicked. didnt even feel like mugging anyone afterwards. thats how good it was.

  • March 20, 2007, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Betty Boop

    by EatYourCellphone

    That corner animation is indeed from a Betty Boop cartoon... it was originally footage of Cab Calloway singing "Saint James Infirmary" that was rotoscoped by Fleisher Studios and used for a sequence in which Koko the Clown, I believe, metamorphoses into a number of odd creatures while singing the tune and dancing that weird-ass dance during a trip through Hell. I haven't seen the cartoon in perhaps 40 years but it's damn memorable...

  • March 20, 2007, 12:31 p.m. CST

    didnt know that, EatYourCellphone

    by council estate scumbag

    i was wondering where that animation was from. looks wicked. my mate off the estates animates just like that. fluid and shit. proper old school stylee. but i bet that cab calloway cartoon shit was some fucked up racist cartoon. bet ya any fuckin' money.

  • March 20, 2007, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Is Disney ever gonna release ONLY YESTERDAY on DVD ..?

    by 7-zark-7

    .. it's my favorite Ghibli film, outside of Miyazaki's work. I hope it becomes available someday; it's a beautiful film with a great story.

  • March 21, 2007, 2:21 p.m. CST

    7-zark-7. its out here in london

    by council estate scumbag

    its wicked. just buy it on, mate. or just nick it. its a peaceful film, son so ur gonna need a lot ov patience, but its worth it, fella. peace

  • March 29, 2007, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Miyazaki...please live forever!!!

    by JimmyLoneWolf

    Everytime I hear he has a new film coming out I pray it isn't his last, he keeps mentioning retirement, but noone can touch him in terms of consistently amazing anime. Many people claimed Howl's Moving Castle was one of his weaker efforts, I have no idea what they're talking was a beautiful movie and I enjoyed every second of it.<p> Maybe they could put him on ice, like Walt Disney...