September 10, 2009


ponyo dvd bluray

We've heard rumours and speculation about both the Japanese and North American release dates for Studio Ghibli's Ponyo on Blu-ray disc but now we can finally confirm, thanks to the Asian Blu-ray Guide that Gake no ue no Ponyo will be hitting the Japanese market on December 8th! Whether or not we'll see it on this side of the Pacific before is still anyone's guess but this we do know for sure - the Japanese release will not only feature English subtitles but Disney's English dub as well! So, if there's no sign of Ponyo hitting a shop near you before the holidays this year, you can feel safe placing that order for the Blu-ray through YesAsia or other import e-tailer.

Click through for a look at the bonus features you can expect from the Japanese Ponyo Blu-ray:

  • Storyboard
  • Theatrical Trailers (2 Types)
  • TV Spots (11 Types)
  • Tie-in TV Spots (3 Types)
  • Nitterechin Spots (2 Types)
  • Non-credit Ending (Long Version)
  • Theme Song Release
  • Press Conference
  • Dubbing Session Footage
  • Premiere
  • Interview with Miyazaki Hayao
  • Producer Suzuki Toshio x NTV Editor Tsuchiya Toshio Discussion
  • NEWS ZERO Ponyo Spin-off Segment
  • Miyazaki Hayao Quotations
  • Venice Film Festival Footage
  • Theme Song Music Video
  • Korea Version Theme Song Music Video


In other Ghibli/Ponyo news, the delayed (due to music-clearance issues) release of the lengthy "making-of" collection that was supposed to be on shelves back in July should street in Japan the same day, December 8th. This collection will not have the stink of English on it anywhere! It's Japanese language only. No subtitles, no dub. The hope for a bittorrented English fan-sub reigns eternal...

Via: The Blu-ray Blog

Read more: Ponyo Blu-ray Disc Review

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July 18, 2008


With one day left before it's release, Studio Ghibli unleashes this fresh Ponyo awesomeness on our unsuspecting eyes. What did we do before YouTube?

Previously on fps:
Miyazaki's Ponyo Trailer Online

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July 17, 2008


On the eve of Ponyo's premiere in Japan, Studio Ghibli president Hoshino Koji let's slip plans for their next release - a new Isao Takahata film!

"Ever since Hohokekyo Tonari no Yamada-kun (ホーホケキョとなりの山田くん, My Neighbors the Yamadas) in 1999, Takahata hasn't produced anymore films. In fact, his new movie is now being prepared. We can’t tell the details, though it has been more crystallized than it was some years ago. He hasn't produced movie in these 10 years, but was busy on writing or lecturing. If Miyazaki is the one who gathers attention under the sun, Takahata is the type who quietly cruises underwater. If they have any common point, then they both have amazingly deep fountain of creation. Takahata is now very fine. Please, expect his next film. Goro is also preparing his new film."

Via GhibliWorld.com

Previously on fps:
Studio Ghibli: The Art of Miyazaki's Ponyo
Ghibli by Pixar: Totoro Forest Project

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July 12, 2008


Is round two of the Ghibli vs. Oshii battle-royale upon us? Probably not but I can't help but feel the subtle digs in Mamoru Oshii's review of Miyazaki's upcoming opus, Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea.

"That's Miya-san's delusion movie. There are no themes. But the picture is overwhelming, so it's seen until the end."

I'm glad that he was able to fight through his frustration with Miyazaki's lack of script-craft to experience the ending of the film. Yeesh!

Other reviews are pouring in:

Japan Times Review - "If 'Ponyo' is the start of his artistic second childhood, I say welcome to the sandbox."

Asahi.com - "101 minutes of bliss"

via GhibliWiki

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July 8, 2008


Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea is almost upon us, evidenced by this cover tease of the newest, gorgeous artbook from Studio Ghibli. Filled with sketches, backgrounds, storyboards and cel reproductions, the newest volume in the Studio's famous "Art of..." line will be available on August 2nd for 2,900 yen.

via GhibliWorld.com

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July 2, 2008


The latest gem from anime master, Hayao Miyazaki and the mighty Studio Ghibli is about to be released to the lucky theatre-goers of Japan on July 19th. Trailers for Gake no Ue no Ponyo (Ponyo on a Cliff by the Sea) have been released before but have only been screened theatrically - until now! This short glimpse at what industry insider and broadcasting writer Hashimoto Atsushi calls,
"...a masterpiece, surely leaving an important thing in your heart after watching!"
is enough to make me ravenous for more. Give us a North American release date, Buena Vista! Have mercy!


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