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.
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.
Best news of the day: the Studio Ghibli retrospective is returning Nov. 16 through Dec. 20 at NYC’s IFC Center! GKids.com has the schedule.
Operation Kino 80: Wrapping Our Minds Around The Master And The Toronto Film Festival
This week on Operation Kino, all four of us are back together again, but not in the same country, with Katey calling in from the Toronto Film Festival so we can review The Master. And because Patches was also up in Toronto, we dedicate Segment 3 to discussing the festival, both which films we saw that we liked and the general importance of Toronto as the biggest of the fall festivals. Before any of that, Da7e runs down some of the many documentaries on Netflix, David is surprised to like Arbitrage, Patches catches up with Satoshi Kon’s Paprika, and Katey is wondering if the trend of people using smartphones in movies at Toronto is going to spread even further.
I requested my girlfriend watch and write about Satoshi Kon’s Paprika. She knocked it out of the park.
IT’S TIME FOR THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH!
by Michelle Said
Don’t you think dreams and the Internet are similar? They are both areas where the repressed conscious mind vents.
Do you remember the first time you logged onto the Internet? I don’t. I remember the time before the…
Adapted by Hayao Miyazaki from Mary Norton’s classic kids book The Borrowers, The Secret World of Arrietty is a more grounded fantasy compared to much of the Studio Ghibli filmography, but it doesn’t hinder the imagination from being on full display. Director Hiromasa Yonebayashi is economical in all the right ways, following Arrietty in the larger-than-life world around her, but never indulging on “what would THIS encounter be like?!” goofiness that made the 1997 Borrowers movie lame.
At the end of the day, it’s about the budding relationship between the bug-sized Arrietty and Sam, a sickly young teen who has his own baggage to deal with. Both characters are more real and dimensional than you see in most adult-oriented movies, let alone an animated film geared towards kids. Loved it.
A tricky love triangle perfectly executed in under 30 minutes. Another astounding episode of The Legend of Korra.
BE FOREWARNED - Discussion includes Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Promise (Part One), Nick.com’s “Welcome To Republic City” and Chapters 1-5 of The Legend of Korra.
Good Morning Benders and Non-Benders alike and welcome back to the Republic City Dispatch, a radio programme covering Nickelodeon’s Legend of Korra series. This week, we’ll be covering Chapter 5 of Book One: Air “The Spirit of Competition.” The Fire Ferrets get romantically entangled during their first three pro-bending tournament matches.
You know what we’re talkin’ about Pabu. We’re talkin’ bout real love…