Plans by Studio Ghibli to release a blockbuster double bill this summer have been cancelled as Isao Takahata’s new film, Kaguya-hime no Monogatari (“The Tale of Princess Kaguya“), will not make it in time to be shown together with Hayao Miyazaki’s newest ouvre, Kaze Tachinu (“The Wind Rises”). The release for the Takahata movie is moved to fall 2013, but the first footage released shows off a great, unique look for the movie.
While majority of the Studio Ghibli pictures have a similar look to them, Takahata’s newest movie, his first since 1999’s similarly ground-breaking My Neighbors the Yamadas, boasts of a painted look, which might explain the delay, since it is doubly difficult to create that kind of picture now. The story is based on a well-known traditional Japanese folktale, The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, about a baby girl found inside a bamboo stalk and raised by an old, childless bamboo cutter.
Studio Ghibli’s other release is Miyazaki’s newest film after 2011’s hit From Up on Poppy Hill, and is an aerospace fictionalized biopic of Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of the World War II fighter plane used by the Japanese. It will be released as scheduled in Japan this month. While the subject matter of The Wind Rises doesn’t seem to hold much appeal to the general public, his faithful fans will surely flock to the theaters to see and expect another Miyazaki masterpiece.
[ via Bleeding Cool ]
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