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The voice behind Moro in ‘Princess Mononoke’ is an absolute legend

  • A behind-the-scenes clip from the production of Studio Ghibli’s 1997 film “Princess Mononoke” has gone viral on Twitter.
  • In the clip, Akihiro Miwa, the voice of Moro, goes through the process of finding the perfect tone for the wolf god’s mocking laugh.
  • The film’s director, Hayao Miyazaki, asks for a laugh with “a strong impression.”
  • Miwa’s third attempt blows Miyazaki away, causing him to sit up straight in his chair with excitement.
  • Miwa is an accomplished Japanese drag queen, actor and singer, whose acting credits also includes Arechi no Majo, or the Witch of the Waste, in “Howl’s Moving Castle,” another Studio Ghibli production.

A behind-the-scenes clip of recording sessions from the production of Studio Ghibli’s 1997 film “Princess Mononoke” has gone viral on Twitter.

In a clip taken from the 1998 documentary “How Princess Mononoke Was Born,” Akihiro Miwa, the voice of Moro, goes through multiple takes to find the perfect tone for the wolf god’s mocking laugh.

Hayao Miyazaki and Joe Hisaishi reunite to create a beautifully animated and scored trailer for Ghibli Park

  • As preparations for the grand opening of the highly anticipated Ghibli Park are ramping up, the acclaimed animation studio shared a trailer for the park on Twitter.
  • The clip depicts a host of some of the most beloved Studio Ghibli characters riding the Cat Train, which was inspired by the Cat Bus that appears in the film “My Neighbor Totoro.”
  • The trailer, orchestrated by legendary composer Joe Hisaishi and animated by none other than Hayao Miyazaki, assures Ghibli fans that all are welcome and encourages them to “take their time coming.”
  • The first three sections of the park — Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse, the Hill of Youth and Dondoko Forest — are scheduled to open on Nov. 1, while the second phase of the park will open in 2023 with areas inspired by Ghibli classics “Kiki’s Delivery Service” and “Princess Mononoke.”

As preparations for the grand opening of the highly anticipated Ghibli Park are ramping up, the acclaimed animation studio shared a trailer for the park on Twitter. 

Clocking in at 15 seconds, the clip depicts a host of some of the most beloved Studio Ghibli characters — including No-Face and Totoro — riding the Cat Train, which was inspired by the friendly Cat Bus that appears in the film “My Neighbor Totoro.”

‘My Neighbor Totoro’ gets London stage play adaptation produced by Ghibli composer Joe Hisaishi

My Neighbor Totoro stage play
  • Studio Ghibli and Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company are bringing Hayao Miyazaki’s 1988 animated feature film “My Neighbor Totoro” to the stage starting on October 8.
  • The new adaptation, which is produced in collaboration with Nippon TV and English theater company Improbable, will run for 15 weeks at The Barbican Theatre in London until Jan. 21, 2023.
  • Renowned Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi will serve as the stage play’s executive producer and will collaborate with playwright Tom Morton-Smith, stage director Phelim McDermott and set designer Tom Pye, among others.
  • Hisaishi, who has composed several iconic scores for Studio Ghibli films such as “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Spirited Away,” shared that Miyazaki only agreed to bring the classic anime to the world of theater if the composer was involved in the project.
  • “I was involved with the original animation film, and so I feel strongly about not harming the film,” the Japanese composer said.
  • Set in Japan in the 1950s, “My Neighbor Totoro” follows the story of two young siblings who move from Tokyo to the countryside. There, they meet several spirits and magical creatures, including the ancient protector of the forest who they call Totoro.

The beloved 1988 Studio Ghibli classic “My Neighbor Totoro” is coming to the stage in London this October with the blessing of its legendary creator, Hayao Miyazaki.

Set to make its debut at The Barbican Theatre in London on October 8, the stage adaptation of “My Neighbor Totoro” is being developed by Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in partnership with Studio Ghibli. The new adaptation, which is produced in collaboration with Nippon TV and English theater company Improbable, will run for 15 weeks until Jan. 21, 2023.

40-year-old Hayao Miyazaki graphic novel ‘Shuna’s Journey’ to be released in the US for the first time

Shuna's Journey
  • “Shuna’s Journey,” the 1983 graphic novel by Japanese animator and filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, will be released for the first time in the United States after nearly 40 years since its original publication.
  • It is a one-volume watercolor-illustrated graphic novel that follows the story of a prince’s quest to save his village from famine.
  • The English-language version of the novel, translated by author Alex Dudok, will be published on Nov. 1.

The graphic novel “Shuna’s Journey” by Oscar-winning animator and filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki is set to be released in the United States for the first time after nearly 40 years since its original publication in Japan.

“Shuna’s Journey,” which was originally published in 1983 by Tokuma Shoten, is a one-volume watercolor-illustrated graphic novel that follows the story of a prince’s quest to save his village from famine. 

Hayao Miyazaki Declined to Join the Oscar Academy at Least 4 Times

The list of invites who will join the Oscar Academy – 928 in total – has been released, which includes some of the well-known creators/directors of anime films from recent years.

Makoto Shinkai, the director of critically acclaimed anime movie “Your Name,” was one of the few who have been invited to join the Oscar Academy, according to Anime News Network. The two other famed directors mentioned in the invites include: Mamoru Hosoda (“The Boy and The Beast,” “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time,” “Summer Wars.”) and Sunao Katabuchi (“In This Corner of the World”).

Studio Ghibli Watches Celebrating Totoro’s 30th Anniversary Are Seriously Adorable

Japanese watchmaker Seiko has released a new line of casual watches especially made for Studio Ghibli fans.

The collection features eight watches carrying four designs from “My Neighbor Totoro” and another four from “Kiki’s Delivery Service.” Both films, directed by legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, are animated classics beloved by audiences worldwide.

Hayao Miyazaki Admits He Smoked Around Friend Who Died of Lung Cancer During Eulogy

Many friends and colleagues have gathered to say their farewells to one of the legends in the Japanese anime industry, Isao Takahata, with his close friend, Hayao Miyazaki, delivering an emotional eulogy and remembering the memorable moments they’ve spent together.

While speaking in front of friends and colleagues by the portrait of Takahata surrounded by thousands of flowers on Tuesday, Miyazaki shared the time when they had to ask the late co-founder of Studio Ghibli if he could stop his smoking habit and how he purposely smoked beside him after he quit.

Japanese Artist’s Stunning Instagram Brings Food From Hayao Miyazaki’s Films to Life

Meals in anime movies can look quite mouthwatering, and you can’t help but wonder how they would taste like in real life, especially with the colorful presentation and delightful combination of food.

Luckily, a female Japanese food artist, En93kitchen, decided to recreate some anime meals, bringing to life some of the food seen in movies created by Studio Ghibli and legendary Japanese director, Hayao Miyazaki, according to Bored Panda.