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Live in Chicago? Want to see the latest Miyazaki masterpiece PONYO? Capone has the details!!!

Hey folks. Capone in Chicago here, with the second of two films I'm screening this week that I saw at Comic-Con. Next up is the extraordinary new film PONYO, from master animator Hayao Miyazaki, who I got to spend some time with in San Diego (interview to post very, very soon). If the standing ovation, Miyazaki-san got a Comic-Con this year is any indication, his reputation as a master storytelling and one of the most gifted and creative animators (hand drawn only, thank you) ever to have lived, with such note-perfect works as CASTLE IN THE SKY; KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE; MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO; PRINCESS MONONOKE; SPIRITED AWAY; and HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE. At age 68, Miyazaki still begins the process of making his films by personally storyboarding the entire movie before handing it over to animators to complete. He's also a sweet and funny man, whose dead-pan delivery masks a wicked sense of humor. The screening of PONYO will take place the day after the DISTRICT 9 screening, on Thursday, August 6, at 8:00 pm at a theater in downtown Chicago (the exact location will only be given to contest winners). I've got about 250 seats to give away, and I'd love to see some parents bring their young ones to this film, since PONYO definitely is aimed at a younger crowd, but is just as pleased for us slightly older types. And just so you know, the version of this film we'll be seeing will be in English (the English-language version of the film will be the only one shown in theaters and was directed by John Lasseter, featuring the voices of Liam Neeson, Tina Fey, Matt Damon, and Cate Blanchett. You're going to adore it. Here's how to secure a pass good for you and one guest: Send me an email at with the subject line "PONYO, PONYO, PONYO!" In the body of the email, I need your Name, whether or not you're bringing a Guest (guests' names are not required), and the answer to the following question (read carefully): What is film do you think would be the best first film to show a child on the big screen? For example, last year during our WALL-E screening, there were a couple of youngsters who were seeing a movie in the theater for the first time. I can't imagine what must have been going through their heads. I only need a title, but you can provide a short explanation if you wish. Keep your answer BRIEF--limit your answers to 75 words or less (no matter how tempted you are to go over the limit). Winners will receive an email from me over the weekend. Good luck, everyone! Hope to see you there. -- Capone

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  • July 30, 2009, 11:50 p.m. CST

    Can't wait for this......

    by Aloy

    ...but prefer the subs to the dubbed voices. I expect this to be one of Miyazaki's minor masterpieces from what I've seen so far.

  • July 31, 2009, midnight CST

    I remember watching Spirited Away before they named it that.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    I watched it in Japan way before the name "Spirited Away"...I remember thinking that it was such a neat adventure...and how American audiences would take to it.<BR> Then later, they announced Spirited Away and I didnt make the connection until I saw the DVD and was like...OHHH, they are calling it that!

  • July 31, 2009, 12:04 a.m. CST

    Didn't mention the best ... Nausicaa!!

    by zacUpquark

    ... of the Valley of the Wind. First saw in Japaneese with no subtitles, and a room full of non-Japaneese speaking viewers were spellbound. Amazing stuff.

  • July 31, 2009, 1:24 a.m. CST


    by Aphex Twin

    Harry you're slackin! Get Pnyo at the drafthouse NAOW!!!

  • July 31, 2009, 1:24 a.m. CST


    by Aphex Twin

    Fix that shit Harry

  • July 31, 2009, 1:30 a.m. CST

    You can't imagine what was going through the kids' minds as they

    by REMcycle

    I'll tell ya what was going through their heads..."Mom? What the fuck is this movie about?" While Mom was thinking "Shoulda seen Monsters Inc. Shit. I need another drink." WALL-E was SOOOO not a little kids' film.

  • July 31, 2009, 6:55 a.m. CST

    You understand what "Masterpiece" means, right Capone?

    by BurnHollywood

    An artist's greatest work? So saying "latest masterpiece" is kind of oxymoronic, unless it's already regarded as his greatest work...<p> Miyazaki's overrated as shit anyway.

  • July 31, 2009, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Ponyo, Coraline, Monsters vs. Aliens, Up...

    by Nasty In The Pasty's been a GREAT year for animated films, and it's not quite August yet. Plus, there's impressive-looking features like 9, Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Princess & The Frog coming up. Wow, only ONE "farting CGI animal" or 'toon sequel released this year (Ice Age 3). Pretty damn impressive. 2009 is going to go down as one of the most exceptional years for animation in recent memory.

  • July 31, 2009, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Hey BurnHollywood! Why is Miyazaki overrated???

    by JarJar25

    It really amazes me, when trolls like you come onto a forum that cared nothing about that forum's topic to say negative things. People like Miyazaki you dolt, because all of his films are very good. Better than Pixar and Disney put together. No one in this country can come close to the level of storytelling that he can.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Too Early for the Oscar Predictions?

    by The Dreaded Rear Admiral

    For best animated movie, we already have Coraline, Up, Monsters vs. Aliens, and now Ponyo enters the fray. Now THAT will be the tough one to pick. Love Miyazaki, but I'll bet on Coraline.