Studio Ghibli Announces New Films from Co-Founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata

     September 5, 2011

Not every film from Studio Ghibli is a home run but they’re always worthy of attention, especially when they come from co-founders Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away) and Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies).  Miyazaki has announced that he’s preparing a new film that’s an “autobiography” although he did not specify if it’s his autobiography or someone else’s.  It’s worth noting that last year Miyazaki said he’s considering a sequel to his 1992 film, Porco Rosso.  Whatever he chooses, don’t expect it any time soon since there’s usually a four-year wait between Miyazaki’s films (such is the nature of animation).

As for Takahata, he hasn’t directed a film since 1999′s My Neighbors the Yamadas but according to Twitch, he’s “reportedly working on a new film based on the classic Japanese tale about a princess who was discovered as a baby inside the stalk of a bamboo plant.”  That’s what makes bamboo so great: food for pandas, material for chairs, princess producer.  It’s a versatile plant.

  • Jones

    Since it’s an autobiography, you would assume its about him, hence the “auto-” prefix.

    • M

      While that’s technically true, if Miyazaki-san were to adapt the Autobiography of Malcolm X into a Studio Ghibli film, it would still be an autobiography.

  • Ringbearer1420

    Hand drawn animation > CGI

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  • B

    Fantastic news, can one safely assume the Miyazaki film will have a supernatural element despite the autobiography terminology?

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