The works of Hayao Miyazaki have had a profound effect on my life. But I have to be honest: Many of his films I have only seen as English-language dubs. Many call the dubbing process sacrilege. I can’t write it off that easily. With the help of skilled producers, writers, and directors, Studio Ghibli and Disney helped Miyazaki reach broader audiences. So while Miyazaki’s final film, The Wind Rises, arrives to America as an “impure” translation, it’s also nuanced and every bit as emotional. Here, I dive into the process of how the English dub team made that happen.
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REPUBLIC CITY DISPATCH #28: Dark Horse Comics’ THE SEARCH Parts 1-3
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BE FOREWARNED - Discussion includes Avatar: The Last Airbender, Book One: Air from The Legend of Korra and could expand to include Dark Horse Comic’s The Promise and The Search at any time.
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Trailer for Isao Takahata’s The Tale of Princess Kaguya. Stunning.
I wish American animation directors were given a chance to make a film that looked this beautiful.
If the turkeys of Free Birds gobbled instead of spoke English.
Read my recap of The Legend of Korra, “Civil Wars, Part 1” at Vulture.com!
And here’s concept art from Don Bluth’s unmade adaptation of Norwegian folk tale East of the Sun and West of the Moon (1982).
Holy smokes, a treasure trove of concept art for Don Bluth’s unmade Beauty and the Beast (1984)
So happy to be returning. This is an RCD XL. If you’re not planning on watching The Legend of Korra: Book 2, I highly suggest zipping through Book 1 and joining us. As I say in this episode, Korra is 1000x better than any of the theatrical animation releases we’ve seen this year. Not one of my favorite animated shows, one of my favorite shows.
REPUBLIC CITY DISPATCH #17: Book 2 Preview/World Building
AVATAR KORRA, by Nikki.
BOOK TWO: SPIRITS STARTS HERE!
Hello again benders and non-benders! We thought we’d drop in on you a week before the Korra Book 2 Premiere to discuss the preview of SPIRITS, the music of Korra and discuss the positives and negatives of world-building outside of the series (Discussion of Republic City Hustle and The Search comics Parts 1 & 2!). All that, plus Patches learns how to say “anime” properly.
This episode contains the recording of our interview with the Track Team’s Jeremy Zuckerman for /Film’s FilmAid pocastathon!
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Casper stat model sheet.
I loved this show as a kid.
This past weekend, Smurfs obsessives across the globe were struck with devastating news: The Smurfs 2 took in a mere, five-day total of $27.3 million at the U.S. box office. The underperforming numbers come as a shock to Smur-fans who made the sequel the most anticipated movie of 2013, along with the Sony Pictures executives whose Escalades are adorned with “Blue Is the New Gold” bumper stickers. When asked for comment, one Peyo devotee proclaimed, “This smurfs!” Today, all Smurfs diehards are Grumpy Smurfs.
Adding to the woes, Smurfs 2's mediocre business is a nail in the coffin for director Raja Gosnell's intricate franchise plans. Not even the international market, known for their love of nonsense, could help Smurfs 2 hit the numbers it needed to be proclaimed a success. Hopes of witnessing Gosnell’s epic, 20-movie vision for the The Smurfs series are all but dashed.
What would the continued adventures of The Smurfs hold in store for fans? Here’s a peek at what could have been if the box office gods had smiled upon Smurfs 2.
Smurfs 3 (2015)
The script, commissioned by Sony during the filming of Smurfs 2, is an origin story for Gargamel. The evil sorcerer only wants Smurf essence to bring his one true love back to life, who died from tripping over Clumsy Smurf and cracking her head open on a mushroom house.
Smurfs 4 (2017)
Gargamel kidnaps Grace (Jayma Mays), believing he can extract her “ginger essence.” Patrick (Neil Patrick Harris) crosses over into the Smurfs world to rescue her. The couple’s son, Blue, learns to love his father again after a stint with rebelliousness.
Smurfs 5 (2019)
An ancient race of green Smurfs is discovered under Smurf Village. They’re kind at first, but the Greens natural aggressiveness sees their leader, Gnarly, hold Papa Smurf at smurfpoint in hopes of leaping through the waterfall portal. The Greens escape to a swingin’ New Orleans and its up to Brainy, Clumsy, Arty, Clandestine, and Apathetic Smurfs to bring them back. (Loosely based on Schtroumpf Vert et Vert Schtroumpf.)
Smurfs 6 (2021)
A crossover event with the Snorks. The film would pit the two breeds of critters against Dr. Strangesnork, effectively spinning off the Snorks into their own franchise while preparing The Smurfs for Phase II.
Smurfs 7 (2023)
Penned by John Cameron Mitchell, The Smurfs finally confront gender politics when TransSmurf announces that he will now be going by “TransSmurfette.”
Smurfs 8 (2025)
A lone Smurf from another Smurf Village (another Smurf village?!) rides into town to deliver harrowing news: They’re under attack and need help. Knowing he needs his people to prepare for inevitable battle, Papa sends a band of Smurf warriors to aid their newly discovered neighbors. Obligatory Seven Samurai knock-off.
Smurfs 9 (2027)
Clumsy has flashbacks to his early adventures, feeling a draw back to the Earthly world of Patrick and Grace. In an attempt to understand his PTSD, he jumps back through the portal and embarks on an existential journey. What Clumsy doesn’t realize is that the portal is actually a time portal. He walks out in 1957, only to meet Pierre Culliford aka Peyo.
Smurfs 10 (2029)
Internal reboot of the franchise Lucas Cruikshank aka Fred Figglehorn as Gargamel Jr, a combination of Gargamel’s genetic code and Smurf Essence. Gargamel Jr. sets his sights on [city with best tax rebates] and it’s up to The Smurfs to stop him.
Smurfs 11 (2031)
A twist on Warren Beaty’s Reds with Smurf Village subbing in for Russia. Gosnell’s final film. The first appearance of the classic “Gingerbread Smurfs.”
Smurfs 12 (2033), Smurfs 13 (2035), Smurfs 14 (2037)
Raja Gosnell’s son Blue (a nod to his life’s work) takes the reins for a triptych of films inspired by C.S. Lewis’ The Space Trilogy. While filled with interdimensional adventuring, the movies aim to confront higher powers and tie Smurf mythology into Christian lore.
Smurfs 15 (2039)
A psychedelic musical romp set to old and new tunes by the recently reunited One Direction.
Smurfs 16 (2041)
With renewed interest in the found footage aesthetic, The Smurfs find themselves stuck in a haunted house in an adaptation of “Smurfing For Ghosts.”
Smurfs 17 (2043)
The death of Papa Smurf prompts a rare “Smurf Games,” an event that decides which Smurf will take on the mantel.
Smurfs 19 (2045)
Brainy unearths a dusty tome while cleaning out Papa Smurf’s hut. It’s a journal, chronicling the only time Papa and Gargamel ever worked together. Hayden Christensen stars as their adversary, Lord Balthazar.
Smurfs 20 (2047)
Similar to Cloud Atlas, Smurfs 20 recounts the past lives of The Smurfs greatest heroes. The film caps with the destruction of Smurf Village and eventual resurrection of their society on another plane of existence. The ghosts of Patrick and Grace linger in the background.
Was happy to bring the Korra love to New York Magazine’s Vulture. Head over there to hear samples from the music and an interview with composer Jeremy Zuckerman of The Track Team.
Plus: They’re having a soundtrack signing at Comic-Con! I am super jealous if you’re going to be there.