As I was putting together my thoughts for the Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Blu-ray review, which I got to check out ahead of the film’s 35th anniversary theatrical re-release, I couldn’t help but wonder why we hadn’t seen many attempts at bringing Ghibli (and Ghibli-esque) films to life in live-action. I figured it was only a matter of time before some studio (probably Disney) went ahead with plans to reboot the whole catalogue with an international cast of up-and-coming actors. I never would have guessed that an independent Brazilian filmmaking team would take the first step, bringing their love of Nausicaä and all things Hayao Miyazaki to life in the short film Wind Princess.
Thanks to filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, who shared the fan film’s short trailer and behind-the-scenes featurette on Twitter (courtesy of Catsuka), we have the first look at this not-for-profit passion project. It’s inspiring to see what teams of like-minded artists can do when they really believe in something, and if we can help to spread the word about Wind Princess, we might just get to see what they can do when they have some real resources at their disposal.
Check out the trailer for the fan-made short Wind Princess below:
This is not an official licensed product. This independent non-profit short film is entirely self-funded and was made in Brazil as a tribute to the great artist Hayao Miyazaki, who has always been an inspiration to me.
We are not a large company. Rather, we are a group of friends who have been working on this project for almost four years, fueled only by our love of the art. We are proud to finally release our first teaser trailer.
We will release the film online free of charge, as our only aim is to pay homage to Mr. Miyazaki and the entire wonderful team at Studio Ghibli. Our dream is to donate all of our costumes and props (such as the glider, gun, etc) to the Ghibli Museum (in Tokyo, Japan), as a token of appreciation and also as a testament to the great influence Miyazaki has on Brazilian fans and artists who share his passion for fantastical story-telling.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO HELP US COMPLETE OUR FILM? We are still in post-production and in search of partners to help push us over the finish line. If you are interested in participating, please contact me directly. My social networks are below.
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