Four years after its Japanese release, Tales from Earthsea is finally coming to America. Back in 2006 and 2007 most of the world got to see Studio Ghibli’s “Gedo Senki”, an adaptation of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea novels. The film could not be released in the US, however, because SyFy owned the screen rights to the Earthsea property. Now that those rights have expired, Disney is giving the film a limited release in the U.S. on August 13th. We are proud to premiere the gorgeous poster for the film.
Tales from Earthsea was directed by Goro Miyazaki, son of the legendary Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Ponyo). The elder Miyazaki is the greatest director of animated films the world has ever seen and it will be very interesting to see how much of his brilliance was passed on to his son. To find showtimes and to see the amazing poster for Tales from Earthsea hit the jump.
Click on the poster to see a larger version:
The poster does a really great job of invoking a mood of mystery and majesty. Who is that girl and what is her connection to that dragon? I want to find out, don’t you?
If you live in one of the following cities I encourage you to go see Tales from Earthsea in the theatre. If it gets a good enough reception, Disney may offer a wider release later this summer – or better yet, distribute more films like it in the future. I for one would love to see more traditional animation crossing the ocean from Japan as an alternative to the unimaginative, 3D digital animation glut which US studios have gotten themselves into.
Tales from Earthsea features the voices of Willem Dafoe, Cheech Marin and Timothy Dalton.
New York : Angelica/Manhattan
11:30am 2:00 4:30 7:00 9:30 12:00am (Fri / Sat)
Los AngelesThe Landmark
11:50 – 2:20 – 4:50 – 7:20 – 9:45
San Francisco – The Kabuki
1:40 – 4:20 – 7:20 – 9:35
Seattle – Harvard Exit
1:30 – 4:15 – 7:00 – 9:40
Honolulu: Victoria Ward – Showtimes TBD