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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Miyazaki's Next Feature: "Ponyo on a Cliff"

Hayao Miyazaki, the man honored as the grandfather of animation, will be releasing his next film under Toho Studios next year, "Gake no ue no Ponyo" ("Ponyo on a Cliff").
The film's story is about a goldfish "princess" who longs to be human and her relationship with a young boy. (The boy is said to be based on Miyazaki's own grandson.)

The film is said to incorporate no CG at all and will been done with pastel watercolor for a hand-painted look.
Miyazaki's films are known for some of the most beautiful animated sequences in history and their bizzarly original storylines. His last two films were "Howl's Moving Castle" and the Academy Award Winning "Spirited Away".

There are very few film makers I can speak more highly of or respect more than Miyazaki. Often the word "master" is overused when speaking about certian filmmakers. But I can say in full confidence Miyazaki is a master artist, unrivaled by all other animators today. His ideas are far more original than 98% of the stuff that comes out these days (although some of his works are based on books, his spin to them are often very different from the books) and his animation style always evolves.

I have to admit I'm a bit reserved about this new tale of his-- It sounds a bit "Little Mermaid-esque" to me. But it's hard to summerize a Miyazaki film in one sentence. We're getting probably the first 10 to 20 minutes of the film's actual story with such vague details.

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