The Red Turtle UK Release Date Set for May

The Red Turtle UK Release Date Set for MayIn the States, Studio Ghibli’s latest animated feature is being heavily touted as a contender for the Best Animated Feature category in the Oscars. On our shores, however, StudioCanal has opted to hold back The Red Turtle UK release date for May, which means it sadly won’t be eligible for the BAFTAs this year. Continue reading

Gorgeous New UK Quad Poster for Studio Ghibli’s The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

The-Tale-of-the-Princess-Kaguya-UK-Quad-Poster-sliceWith a pending Oscar nomination, three Annie nominations, and a slew of other awards and nominations in the bank, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya arrives on our shores next month with all the acclaim you’d expect of a Studio Ghibli film.

The animation here is markedly different from much of the rest of the Japanese studio’s work, though. And with its UK release date imminent, StudioCanal has launched the new UK quad poster over on Empire. Continue reading

Watch: Hayao Miyazaki’s Acceptance Speech for His 2014 Oscars Honorary Award

Hayao-Miyazaki-Honorary-Award-Oscars-Acceptance-Speech-sliceLast year, Hayao Miyazaki announced that The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu /風立ちぬ) would be his final film. It wasn’t his first retirement announcement, but this time it feels real.

The celebrated animator, writer, director, editor, and producer has said that he intends to continue making films until the day he dies, but as he’s grown older, he finds himself no longer able to dedicate the concentration needed to make feature-length movies.

So instead, he will be turning his attention to creating short films screened in the Ghibli Museum, which are (sadly) exclusive to the museum.

Yesterday, the Academy held the Governors Awards ceremony, recognising the talents of four filmmakers. Hayao Miyazaki was one of three recipients of the Honorary Award, often referred to as an Honorary Oscar, alongside Jean-Claude Carrière (The Unbearable Lightness of Being) and Maureen O’Hara (Miracle on 34th Street), with Harry Belafonte honoured with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Continue reading