On Friday, Mondo will release two prints for Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro by Olly Moss because of course they are. They already have licenses for Pixar, DC Comics, Star Trek, and eventually everything else you love or will ever love. The Totoro poster coincides with the start of the IFC Center’s Studio Ghibli retrospective. Mondo is also planning to release a poster for Miyazaki’s Porco Rosso.
The folks who pick up some Totoro greatness should know that their money will go to a good cause (an actual good cause, not getting an awesome poster for yourself). Mondo and Studio Ghibli will donate all profits to Ghetto Film School, a non-profit organization of educators and students who share of storytelling and filmmaking. Hit the jump for the press release and more details on the poster and its variant. The posters will go on sale at a random time on Friday. Be sure you’re following @MondoNews for the announcement.
MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO
Artist: Olly Moss
Size: 20” x 36”
Edition: 400 Regular / 150 Variant
Price: $50 / $90
Regular poster is in English language and variant is Japanese.
Here’s the press release:
The poster release coincides with a recently announced 15-title, 25-year retrospective from Japan’s beloved Studio Ghibli, which plays the IFC Center in New York City from Friday, December 16 to Thursday, January 12. The 15-film retrospective is presented by GKIDS, a distributor of award-winning animated films. The full schedule can be found on the GKIDS website. Following the NYC engagement the Studio Ghibli retrospective will be visiting Los Angeles, Boston, Toronto, San Francisco, Washington DC, Chicago, Seattle and other major North American cities.
Mondo and Studio Ghibli will donate all profits from the MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO print to Ghetto Film School, an organization of educators and students who share a love for storytelling and filmmaking. Ghetto Film School is a non-profit organization with the mission to educate, develop and celebrate the next generation of great American storytellers.
Mondo will next create a poster based on Studio Ghibli’s PORCO ROSSO, which just screened at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas for Butt-Numb-A-Thon, Ain’t It Cool News’s 24-hour movie marathon. The new 35mm pristine print wowed an audience of diehard cinephiles.
Speaking about the impact of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli films, Mondo Creative Director, Justin Ishmael said, “The fact that Studio Ghibli put faith in Mondo and trusted us to work with their legendary characters is a great honor. I very much hope that we make them proud!”
Mondo’s Mitch Putnam added, “”Having created some of cinema’s most enduring works of art, the amazing folks at Studio Ghibli are understandably particular about who they work with, so we’re incredibly honored to be creating original artwork interpretations of their films. We all consider these movies to be nothing short of sacred. I’m sitting here with my six-month-old son right now and can’t wait to introduce him to them.”
Mondo is the Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art boutique, featuring designs from world famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and Movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek & Universal Monsters. Championed for their limited edition screen printed posters, Mondo focuses on bringing art back to movie posters by working with artists such as Olly Moss, Tyler Stout, Martin Ansin and others. Besides creating stunning works for beloved classics and contemporary films, Mondo produces posters for featured Alamo Drafthouse events and inaugurated a “Director’s Series” that will focus on a celebrated filmmaker’s body of work. Mondo recently announced its first project as a game publisher with the adaptation for Hobo with a Shotgun, available exclusively on Apple’s App Store for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.
About Alamo Drafthouse
The Alamo Drafthouse is a lifestyle entertainment brand with an acclaimed cinema-eatery, the largest genre film festival in the United Sates and an online collectible art store. Named “the best theater in America” by Entertainment Weekly, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover’s oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high-profile, star studded special events. Alamo Drafthouse Founder & CEO, Tim League, created Fantastic Fest, a world renowned film festival dubbed “The Geek Telluride” by Variety. Fantastic Fest showcases eight days of offbeat cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood Studios. The Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art boutique, Mondo, offers breathtaking, original products featuring designs from world-famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and Movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek & Universal Monsters. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is expanding its brand in new and exciting ways, including the launch of Drafthouse Films, a new film distribution label and plans to extend its theaters and unique programming philosophy to additional markets across the United States. More information about Alamo Drafthouse franchise opportunities are available on the official website.
About Studio Ghibli
Studio Ghibli was founded in 1985 by animation directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and is one of the most successful and well-respected animation studios in the world. Cultivating a creative force of talented directors, animators, and storytellers under the revered brilliance of Miyazaki and Takahata, Studio Ghibli’s films have been praised for their originality, dazzling animation, and epic storytelling. The films have become a beloved part of Japanese popular culture, and have garnered worldwide acclaim from audiences and critics alike. Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2002 and in 2005 Miyazaki was named one of “the most influential people” by TIME Magazine.
GKIDS is a distributor of award-winning animation for both adult and family audiences. Theatrical releases include Tomm Moore’s Oscar nominated The Secret of Kells, Michel Ocelot’s acclaimed Azur & Asmar and new 3D Tales of the Night, European Film Award Best Animated Feature winner Mia and the Migoo, Nina Paley’s multiple-award-winning Sita Sings the Blues, and Japan Academy Prize winner Summer Wars by Mamoru Hosoda. Upcoming GKIDS releases include A Cat in Paris and Oscar winner Fernando Trueba’s Chico & Rita, both of which are in the running for the 2012 Best Animated Feature Oscar. GKIDS recently announced that it is handling North American theatrical distribution for Oscar winner Hayao Miyazaki’s famed Studio Ghibli library of films, one of the world’s most coveted animation collections with titles Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and others. GKIDS is longtime producer of the New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival, an Oscar-qualifying event and North America’s largest festival of film for children and teens. www.gkids.tv