Studio Ghibli Trivia 15In Spain, Kiki has been renamed “Nicky” and the film re-titled Nicky la aprendiz de bruja (Nicky the Apprentice Witch), because in Castilian Spanish, the phonetically similar “quiqui” is commonly used in the crude slang expression: “echar un quiqui” which means “to have a shag”.

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In Spain, Kiki has been renamed “Nicky” and the film re-titled Nicky la aprendiz de bruja (Nicky the Apprentice Witch), because in Castilian Spanish, the phonetically similar “quiqui” is commonly used in the crude slang expression: “echar un quiqui” which means “to have a shag”.


Studio Ghibli Trivia 14There is a Valley of the Winds in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in Australia, and although “Winds” is plural, when translated to Japanese it means the same the singular, “Wind”.

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There is a Valley of the Winds in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in Australia, and although “Winds” is plural, when translated to Japanese it means the same the singular, “Wind”.


Studio Ghibli Trivia 13Hayao Miyazaki’s “Laputa” is a direct reference to the floating island of the same name from Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. Some suspect that Swift intentionally named the island “la puta” after the Spanish meaning “the whore”. This is rather unfortunate as it is revealed to be part of Sheeta’s birth name: Lusheeta Toel Ul Laputa.For this reason, in 2003, the film’s title was shortened from the Japanese title “Laputa: Castle in the Sky” to “Castle in the Sky” in several countries, including the United States (where Spanish is commonly spoken as a first language by around 10% of the population), Mexico, and Spain.

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Hayao Miyazaki’s “Laputa” is a direct reference to the floating island of the same name from Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. Some suspect that Swift intentionally named the island “la puta” after the Spanish meaning “the whore”. This is rather unfortunate as it is revealed to be part of Sheeta’s birth name: Lusheeta Toel Ul Laputa.

For this reason, in 2003, the film’s title was shortened from the Japanese title “Laputa: Castle in the Sky” to “Castle in the Sky” in several countries, including the United States (where Spanish is commonly spoken as a first language by around 10% of the population), Mexico, and Spain.


Studio Ghibli Trivia 12Howl (real name: Howell Jenkins) is 27 years old."‘That brings it to about Midsummer Day’. ‘What is brought to Midsummer Day?’ asked Sophie. ‘The time I’ll be ten thousand days old’, Howl said.”Midsummer Day is June 21st, on which Howl is 10,000 days old (or 27 years and 139 days), which places his birthday on February 2nd.

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Howl (real name: Howell Jenkins) is 27 years old.

"‘That brings it to about Midsummer Day’.
‘What is brought to Midsummer Day?’ asked Sophie.
‘The time I’ll be ten thousand days old’, Howl said.”

Midsummer Day is June 21st, on which Howl is 10,000 days old (or 27 years and 139 days), which places his birthday on February 2nd.


Studio Ghibli Trivia 11Entirely coincidental and predating the existence of Studio Ghibli, there is a Totoro Railway Station (土々呂駅) in the Miyazaki Prefecture in Japan.

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Entirely coincidental and predating the existence of Studio Ghibli, there is a Totoro Railway Station (土々呂駅) in the Miyazaki Prefecture in Japan.


Hayao Miyazaki may return, says Studio Ghibli’s Toshio Suzuki
 Hayao Miyazaki, the iconic Japanese anime creator “may make something again,” said Toshio Suzuki, the veteran Studio Ghibli producer whose remarks on a Sunday TBS documentary stirred up speculation about the studio’s demise.“This is my guess, but I’m thinking it will be something short.” He explained that Miyazaki had talked to him about making a short film for the Ghibli Musuem in Mitaka, Tokyo.Suzuki was appearing Thursday on the NHK morning show “Asa Ichi” to clarify his earlier statements about the 30 year old company.“We’re changing the way we make (animation),” Suzuki said, without getting into specifics. “We wanted to make a dream company. We thought we would make what suited us and not make what didn’t suit us. We were able to realize (that dream) to some extent and we’re very happy about that. But now we’re at a point where we’ve got to think about what we’ll do next.”  In the TBS documentary Suzuki talked about Ghibli taking a hiatus from production to assess its future direction following the September 2013 retirement of Miyazaki, long the studio’s biggest hitmaker. His remarks, mistranslated by a blogger, started a storm of Internet chatter about the imminent end of Japan’s most successful feature animation studio.Source: variety.com

Hayao Miyazaki may return, says Studio Ghibli’s Toshio Suzuki


Hayao Miyazaki, the iconic Japanese anime creator “may make something again,” said Toshio Suzuki, the veteran Studio Ghibli producer whose remarks on a Sunday TBS documentary stirred up speculation about the studio’s demise.

“This is my guess, but I’m thinking it will be something short.” He explained that Miyazaki had talked to him about making a short film for the Ghibli Musuem in Mitaka, Tokyo.

Suzuki was appearing Thursday on the NHK morning show “Asa Ichi” to clarify his earlier statements about the 30 year old company.

“We’re changing the way we make (animation),” Suzuki said, without getting into specifics. “We wanted to make a dream company. We thought we would make what suited us and not make what didn’t suit us. We were able to realize (that dream) to some extent and we’re very happy about that. But now we’re at a point where we’ve got to think about what we’ll do next.” 

In the TBS documentary Suzuki talked about Ghibli taking a hiatus from production to assess its future direction following the September 2013 retirement of Miyazaki, long the studio’s biggest hitmaker. His remarks, mistranslated by a blogger, started a storm of Internet chatter about the imminent end of Japan’s most successful feature animation studio.

Source: variety.com


STUDIO GHIBLI BLU RAY AND DVD RELEASES IN THE USA

I get a lot of asks about where to buy Studio Ghibli’s films, so here’s a list of the available releases via Amazon US. Many of the Blu Ray releases are combo packs that include the DVD. The DVD link is for the DVD only. Unavailable releases are marked with a strikethrough.

Lupin III - The Castle of Cagliostro: Blu Ray and DVD

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind: Blu Ray and DVD

Castle in the Sky: Blu Ray and DVD

Grave of the Fireflies: Blu Ray and DVD

My Neighbor Totoro: Blu Ray and DVD

Kiki’s Delivery Service: Blu Ray and DVD

Only Yesterday: Blu Ray and DVD

Porco Rosso: Blu Ray and DVD

Ocean Waves: Blu Ray and DVD

Pom Poko: Blu Ray and DVD

Whisper of the Heart: Blu Ray and DVD

Princess Mononoke: Blu Ray and DVD

My Neighbors the Yamadas: Blu Ray and DVD

Spirited Away: Blu Ray and DVD

The Cat Returns: Blu Ray and DVD

Howl’s Moving Castle: Blu Ray and DVD

Tales from Earthsea: Blu Ray and DVD

Ponyo: Blu Ray and DVD

The Secret World of Arrietty: Blu Ray and DVD

From up on Poppy Hill: Blu Ray and DVD

The Wind Rises: Blu Ray and DVD

The Tale of Princess Kaguya: Blu Ray and DVD

When Marnie Was There: Blu Ray and DVD


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Hayao Miyazaki refused to attend the 75th Academy Awards in 2003 to receive his Oscar for Spirited Away in protest over the American invasion of Iraq.
Miyazaki, explained his reasons in an interview with The Times at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con: “The reason I wasn’t here for the Academy Award was because I didn’t want to visit a country that was bombing Iraq. At the time, my producer shut me up and did not allow me to say that, but I don’t see him around today. By the way, my producer also shared in that feeling.”

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Hayao Miyazaki refused to attend the 75th Academy Awards in 2003 to receive his Oscar for Spirited Away in protest over the American invasion of Iraq.

Miyazaki, explained his reasons in an interview with The Times at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con: “The reason I wasn’t here for the Academy Award was because I didn’t want to visit a country that was bombing Iraq. At the time, my producer shut me up and did not allow me to say that, but I don’t see him around today. By the way, my producer also shared in that feeling.”