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Miyazaki’s Wind Rises In New York

Kaze TachinuJapanese director Hayao Miyazaki’s new film Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) has walked away with the New York Film Critics Circle’s award for best animated film of the year. The film is also a nominee for best animated feature from ASIFA-Hollywood’s Annie Award.

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Hayao Miyazaki to Release First Animated Movie in 5 Years

Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises)

Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises)

Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki’s first film in five years will come out next year, distributor Toho announced Thursday.

Miyazaki will release wartime romance Kaze Tachinu, based on the novel of the same name, usually translated as The Wind Has Risen.

He created Spirited Away, which a 2003 Oscar for Best Animated Feature. His last movie was 2008′s Ponyo.

The protagonist of Kaze Tachinu is based on flight engineer Jiro Horikoshi, designer of the Zero fighter, Japan’s best known Second World War fighter aircraft.

Also next year, longtime Miyazaki collaborator Isao Takahata will release his first new film in over a decade. Kaguya Hime No Monogatari will be based on Taketori Monogatari (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter). Japan’s oldest novel, Taketori Monogatari is thought to have been written over 1,000 years ago.

Studio Ghibli Animation Retrospective Coming to Vancouver

Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli

Between December 14 and January 3, the Vancity Theatre and The Cinematheque — both located in downtown Vancouver — are co-hosting Castles in the Sky: The Masters of Studio Ghibli.

It’s a major retrospective of films from the world-renowned anime studio Studio Ghibli founded in Tokyo in 1985 by directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and producer Toshio Suzuki.

Perfect for transcending the winter greys, these films prove that Studio Ghibli is every bit the equal of any animation studio in the world or in film history.

All Studio Ghibli films presented at the Vancity Theatre will be screened in 35mm in the English-language versions. All films at the Cinematheque will screen in Japanese-language prints with subtitles.

These films are open to all ages. Princess Mononoke is classified 14A; all other titles are rated G or PG. The Vancity Theatre offers a special rate of $7 for youth under 19.

Tonari No Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro)
“Best Animated Film of All Time”- Time Out Magazine
“Whenever I watch it, I smile, and smile, and smile” – Roger Ebert
Friday, December 14, 6:30 p.m.; Friday, December 21, 5 p.m.; Sunday, December 23, 3:50 p.m.; Monday, December 24, 2 p.m.; Friday, December 28, 2 p.m.
Japan, 1988, 35mm, 86 min., English
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Voiced by Dakota and Elle Fanning, Tim Daly
Two little girls and their father move into a beautiful old house in the countryside to be near their mother, who is seriously ill in hospital. Largely left to fend for themselves, Mei and her big sister Satsuki encounter a strange and beautiful world of forest sprites named “Totoros.” Miyazaki’s most beloved film is simply magical and magically simple.

Kaze No Tani No Naushika (Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind)
“A joy to watch.”- New York Times
Saturday, December 15, 3 p.m.; Sunday, December 16, 4 p.m.
Japan, 1984, 35mm, 117 min., English
Directed by Hayao Miyazake
Voice cast includes Alison Lohman, Shia LaBeouf, Edward James Olmos, Chris Sarandon
Miyazaki’s first film as writer-director (based on his own successful manga) is an extradinarily rich fantasy film, an eco-allegory set in a feudal, toxic future and a spirited adventure movie. Led by the courageous Princess Nausicaa, the people of the Valley of the Wind are engaged in a perpetual conflict with powerful insects called “ohmu,” guardians of a poisonous (and spreading) jungle.

Sen To Chihiro No Kamikakushi (Spirited Away)
Enchanted and enchanting… fast and funny; weird and wonderful. Mostly wonderful.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Saturday, December 15, 5:20 p.m.; Monday, December 17, 6:30 p.m.; Thursday, December 20, 5:30 p.m.; Monday, December 31, 2 p.m.
Japan, 2001, 35mm, 125 min., English, Classification: PG
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Voices: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, David Ogden Stiers, Michael Chiklis, John Ratzenberger
Chihiro and her parents are en route to a new home when they drive through a mysterious tunnel and enter a deserted town. When her folks start gorging on food and transform into a pair of pigs, Chihiro discovers this place is not quite as empty as she had imagined. This is a place of spirits, gods, monsters and witches.
“Picks up a resonance, weight and complexity that makes it all but Shakespearean…. No other word for it: a masterpiece.” – Tony Rayns, Time Out
“SIX STARS (exception must be made for the exceptional). Spirited Away is a feast of wonderment, a movie classic and a joy that will enrich your existence until you too are spirited away. I don’t expect ever to love a film more.” – Nigel Andrews, Financial Times

Gake No Ue No Ponyo (Ponyo On The Cliff)
“You’ll be planning to see Ponyo twice before you’ve finished seeing it once…. It offers up unforgettable images [..] images that use the logic of dreams to make the deepest possible connection to our emotions, and to our souls.”- Kenneth Turan, NPR
Sunday, December 16, 2 p.m.; Wednesday December 19, 6:30 p.m.; Monday, December 24, 3:45 p.m.; Saturday, December 29, 4:15 p.m.
Japan, 2008, 35mm, 101 min., English
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Voices: Cate Blanchett, Liam Neeson, Matt Damon
Miyazaki’s strange and beguiling fantasy film about a sea spirit – it’s an odd eco fable about the terrible power of the sea, but illustrated with such beauty and imagination it transports us entirely into another world. Rated G, this is suitable for children of all ages.
“Miyazaki knows the secret language of children; he dives deep into the pool of childhood dreams and fears and, through his animagic, takes children down to where they can breathe, and feel, and be free.” – Richard Corliss, Time

Mononoke Hime (Princess Mononoke)
“Complex, superbly rendered, and wildly eccentric – even by Miyazaki’s own standards.”- J Hoberman, Village Voice
Sunday, December 16, 6:15 p.m.; Tue. December 18, 6:30 p.m.
Japan, 1997, 35mm, 134 min., English, Classification: 14A
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Voices: Billy Crudup, Billy Bob Thornton, Minnie Driver, Claire Danes, Gillian Anderson.
Set during the Muromachi Period (1333-1568) of Japan, Princess Mononoke is the tale of a mystical fight between humans and the Animal Gods of the forest. Aimed at a slightly older audience than most Ghibli fare (it is classified 14A), this epic folk tale shows the influence of Akira Kurosawa (a Miyazaki fan himself) and of John Ford, too. The film was the most successful ever at the Japanese box office (prior to Titanic), and named the film of the year in Japan’s equivalent to the Academy Awards.
“A symphony of action and images, a thrilling epic of warriors and monsters, forest creatures and magical spells, with an underlying allegory about the relationship of man and nature.” – Roger Ebert

Tenkû No Shiro Rapyuta (Castle in the Sky)
“Frequently astounding.” – Richard Harrington, Washington Post
Saturday, December 22, 12 noon; Sunday, December 23, 5:45 p.m.
Japan, 1986, 35mm, 124 min., English
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Voices: Anna Paquin, James Van Der Beek, Cloris Leachman
An island in the sky? The story of a young boy who sees a girl floating down from the sky. He comes to her aid in her flight from sky pirates, the army and secret agents. An adventure story influenced by Treasure Island and Gulliver’s Travels, Castle in the Sky is dynamic, imaginative family entertainment with valuable lessons about technology and ignorance.

Kurenai No Buta (Porco Rosso)
“Smooshes fantasy and history into a pastel-pretty yarn as irresistible as his feminism.” – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
Saturday, December 22, 4:10 p.m.; Sunday, December 23, 2 p.m.
Japan, 1992, 35mm, 94 min., English
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Voices: Michael Keaton, Cary Elwes, Susan Egan, David Ogden Stiers
Pigs will fly! This cockeyed tribute to Humphrey Bogart and Ernest Hemingway features an anti-fascist flier (who happens to look like a pig) tracking sky pirates over the Adriatic in the 1930s. An exhilarating romp with a melancholy undertow – and amazing flying machines!
“Teems with Miyazaki’s personal passions [..] rendered with the utmost detail and beauty. As stirring as Casablanca, and as sophisticated as Only Angels Have Wings, it’s a sublime chivalric fable.” Nick Bradshaw, Time Out

Majo No Takkyûbin (Kiki’s Delivery Service)
“Astonishing in its visual splendor and delightfully entertaining, this magical family film about a little witch-in-training, from Japan’s celebrated animator Hayao Miyazaki, is not to be missed.” – Los Angeles Times
Wednesday, December 26, 2 p.m.; Wednesday, January 2, 4:15 p.m.; Thursday, January 3, 2 p.m.
Japan, 1989, 35mm, 103 min., English
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Voices: Kirsten Dunst, Debbie Reynolds, Phil Hartman, Janeane Garofalo
In keeping with tradition, 13-year-old witch Kiki dusts off her broom and flies away from home for a year of independence and self-discovery in the big city. Her only companion is her beloved black cat, Jiji.

Hauru No Ugoku Shiro (Howl’s Moving Castle)
“A stunning example of a pure, disorienting dream logic that cinema provides all too rarely.”- Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
Thursday, December 27, 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, December 29, 2 p.m.
Japan, 2004, 35mm, 119 min., English
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Cast: Voices: Christian Bale, Lauren Bacall, Blythe Danner, Emily Mortimer, Jean Simmons
Teenager Sophie is cursed by the Witch of Waste and finds herself trapped in the body of an old woman, and is unable to tell her mother or anyone else what has happened. She finds help of sorts with the wizard Howl, living as a servant in his astonishing walking castle. Sophie is an innocent who must prove her resourcefulness, courage and conviction in a bewildering, alien world.

Heisei Tanuki Gassen Pompoko (The Raccoon War)
“Pompoko is a delightful, often uproariously funny film, at once childishly irreverent and thoughtfully mature. Being a Ghibli work, it is beautifully rendered and technically impeccable, with a great number of memorable set pieces.”- Tom Mes, Midnight Eye
Thursday, December 27, 2:15 p.m.; Sunday, December 30, 3:30 p.m.
Japan, 1994, 35mm, 119 min., English
Directed by Isao Takahata
Voices: Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Clancy Brown, JK Simmons
Imagine Watership Down, Studio Ghibli-style. Instead of rabbits, we have raccoons. And not just any raccoons – these critters have magical powers of transformation. As their habitat is stripped and paved by the encroaching humans, the good-natured but rather undisciplined forest creatures embark on a campaign of disruption and distraction.

Neko No Ongaeshi (The Cat Returns)
“An enchanting, magical fable with a twisted vein of surrealism.” – Neil Smith, BBC
Friday, December 28, 3:45 p.m.; Sunday, December 30, 5:45 p.m.; Monday, December 31, 4:20 p.m.
Japan, 2002, 35mm, 75 min., English
Directed by Hiroyuki Morita
Voices: Anne Hathaway, Cary Elwes, Judy Greer, Elliot Gould, Tim Curry
Schoolgirl Haru bravely saves a cat’s life – and finds herself summoned to the Kingdom of the Cats for her pains, where she is to become the wife of the Cat Prince! When she refuses, she starts sprouting whiskers and furry ears…. What’s a girl to do?

Mimi O Sumaseba (Whisper of the Heart)
“A beautiful film.” – David Jenkins, Time Out
Wednesday, Janurary 2, 2 p.m.; Thursday, January 3, 4 p.m.
Japan, 1995, 35mm, 111 min., English
Directed by Yoshifumi Kondo
Voices: Brittany Snow, Cary Elwes, David Gallagher, Courtney Thorne Smith
A lovely change of pace from Studio Ghibli, this is a teenage first-love story, set in a realistically observed modern day Tokyo. Bookish schoolgirl Shizuku meets her soul mate with a little help from a portly cat.

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Vancouver Hosts Major Studio Ghibli Animation Retrospective

Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli

The Cinematheque and the Vancity Theatre, both located in downtown Vancouver, are co-hosting a major retrospective of the films of Studio Ghibli, the world-renowned anime studio founded in Tokyo in 1985 by animation directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and producer Toshio Suzuki.

The Cinematheque presentation includes two rare titles –  Omohide Poro Poro (Only Yesterday) and Umi Ga Kikoeru (Ocean Waves) never released in North America before. All Ghibli films (with the exception of The Ocean Waves) will be presented in new 35mm prints.

Castles in the Sky: Miyazaki, Takahata, and the Masters of Studio Ghibli runs from December 7 to 9, 12 to 17, 22 to 23 and 26 to 30, as well as January 2 to 3.

Frequently referred to as the Disney of Japan, Studio Ghibli (pronounced “jib-lee” or “gee-buh-lee”) is known for startlingly original animated feature films that combine dazzling visual virtuosity, vivid characterizations and epic storytelling. These include some of the most magical, most beloved animated movies ever made, including Castle in the Sky, My Neighbour Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle.

Ghibli’s warm, intelligent, poetic films, often full of great flights of fancy that borrow from fairytale, folklore and science fiction, are always grounded in a deeply-felt humanism that embraces family and community and believes in essential human goodness (despite considerable evidence of human folly), and in a deep concern for the environment and our relationship with nature. They typically feature strong female protagonists. Ghibli films, it is also worth noting, are still primarily (and lovingly) crafted the traditional way, through the labor-intensive, hand-drawn, frame-by-frame technique of cel animation.

Here’s what’s scheduled:

Kaze No Tani No Naushika (Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind)
Miyazaki’s debut is considered by many to be his masterwork. There are few films, animated or otherwise, of such sweeping scope and grandeur.

Tenkû No Shiro Rapyuta (Castle in the Sky)
Miyazaki’s first Studio Ghibli feature is this beautiful, exhilarating eco-fantasy adventure of a young boy and girl searching for a long-lost floating island in the sky.

Majo No Takkyûbin (Kiki’s Delivery Service)
Kiki is a young witch-in-training; her best friend is Jiji, a chatty, wisecracking black cat in this beautiful, timeless and beloved story of a young girl finding her way in the world.

Umi Ga Kikoeru (Ocean Waves)
RARE GHIBLI! Rarely seen outside of Japan — never released in North America in any format — this subtle, poignant story of adolescence and teenage isolation is a true discovery.

Tonari No Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro)
Miyazaki’s most endearing, most beloved and most iconic film tells the touching tale of two sisters who discover a forest full of spirits and magical creatures next to their new home.

Mononoke Hime (Princess Mononoke)
Miyazaki’s epic story of conflict between humans, gods and nature is a landmark of animation and a film of unsurpassed power and beauty with an environmental message.

Hauru No Ugoku Shiro (Howl’s Moving Castle)
When a shy teenager is cursed by the jealous Witch of the Waste, she seeks refuge with a handsome wizard named Howl in his magical moving castle while they fight to lift the spell.

Sen To Chihiro No Kamikakushi (Spirited Away)
This Academy Award-winning film was Japan’s biggest box-office hit of all time, and cemented Miyazaki’s reputation as an icon of inspired animation and wondrous, lyrical storytelling.

Mimi O Sumaseba (Whisper of the Heart)
A visually stunning wonder about the awakening of creative talent, this is the sole feature directed by Miyazaki’s protégé Yoshifumi Kondô before his sudden death at the age of 47.

Neko No Ongaeshi (The Cat Returns)
Walking home after a dreary day at school, Haru saves a cat from being hit by a speeding truck. Little does she know that she is about to be plunged into into a fantastical feline world…

Heisei Tanuki Gassen Pompoko (The Raccoon War)
The forest home of the deceptively cuddly tanuki — a group of magical raccoon-like creatures — is threatened by the construction of a new suburb. Now, they must fight to save it.

Kurenai No Buta (Porco Rosso)
This tribute to early aviation is set between the World Wars in Fascist Italy, where flying ace Marco — cursed with the head of a pig — and beautiful Fio are catapulted into high-flying conflict.

Omohide Poro Poro (Only Yesterday)
RARE GHIBLI! Never released in North America, this tale of self-discovery may delve deeper into the real emotional experiences of women than any animated film before or since.

Hôhokekyo Tonari No Yamadâkun (My Neighbors the Yamadas)
This delightfully offbeat, rarely-seen gem was the first Ghibli film to be created entirely on computers in order to achieve its soft watercolor look.

All Ghibli films presented at The Cinematheque will screen in the original Japanese-language versions with English subtitles.

All Ghibli films presented at the Vancity Theatre will screen in the English-dubbed versions.

All ages are welcome! The Cinematheque welcomes all ages to this family-friendly presentation of the films of Studio Ghibli. All films in the series are rated G or PG (with the exception of Princess Mononoke and The Ocean Waves, which are 14A — under 14 requires adult accompaniment).

Remember that all The Cinematheque’s Ghibli screenings are in Japanese with English subtitles! Membership is required for those 18 or over.

Pacific Cinémathèque is grateful to Dave Jesteadt and GKIDS (New York) and Tom Charity of Vancity Theatre (Vancouver) for their great assistance in making this presentation possible. Program notes are by (or adapted from) GKIDS, except where otherwise noted.

For links to the individual films and their showtimes, visit www.thecinematheque.ca/castles-in-the-sky-miyazaki-takahata-and-the-masters-of-studio-ghibli.

Scene from Umi Ga Kikoeru (Ocean Waves), never released in North America theatrically or on any home viewing format.

Tonari No Totoro (1988) – Studio Ghibli

Tonari No Totoro

Tonari No Totoro

CotD: One of Hayao Miyazaki’s early films, “Tonari No Totoro” was released in English until 1994.

Tonari No Totoro (1988) – Studio Ghibli

Two young girls, Satsuke and her younger sister Mei, move into a house in the country with their father to be closer to their hospitalized mother. Satsuke and Mei discover that the nearby forest is inhabited by creatures called Totoros. They soon befriend the Totoros, and have several magical adventures.

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Miyazaki’s “Arrietty” takes ninth at $6.4 million

Karigurashi No Arietti (The Secret World of Arrietty")

Karigurashi No Arietti (The Secret World of Arrietty")

Hayao Miyazaki’s “The Secret World of Arrietty,” based on Mary Norton’s famous children’s novel The Borrowers, opened in ninth place in limited North American release, taking $6.6 million this past weekend.

It’s estimated that Arrietty will earn $8 million over the four-day President’s Day weekend, which ends Monday.

Playing on fewer screens than bigger-earning films this weekend, it made an average of $4,189 at 1,522 venues.

For over a decade, Disney has been distributing Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli films in North America. Arrietty had a much better opening than any previous anime film distributed by Disney. Ponyo, Disney’s last wide-release anime film, opened at $3.6 million and eventually garnered $15.1 million in 2009.

The Secret World of Arrietty had the fifth-best anime opening in United States box office history, behind three Pokémon flicks and a Yu-Gi-Oh! movie.

The biggest hit in its native country in 2010, Arrietty grossed over $110 million in Japan alone. It’s received an “A-” CinemaScore grade from North American moviegoers.

About tiny people living under the floorboards of a country home, the film features a voice cast including Carol Burnett, Amy Poehler and Will Arnett.

Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds’ Safe House led narrowly with $24 million between Friday to Sunday, according to Sunday’s studio estimates. Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum’s The Vow was a close second with $23.6 million.

Studios will report final numbers for the long holiday weekend on Tuesday

Studio Ghibli retrospective coming to Los AngelesStudio Ghibli retrospective coming to Los Angeles

Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli

GKIDS, a distributor of award-winning animation for both adults and family audiences, is bringing a 20-year retrospective of films from Japan’s renowned Studio Ghibli to Los Angeles.

Presented by American Cinematheque, the films will play at the Egyptian and Aero Theatres in Los Angeles from Thursday, January 26 to Sunday, February 12.

Fourteen Studio Ghibli feature films produced between 1984 and 2008 will be presented, including Hayao Miyazaki’s Academy Award-winning Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, Howl’s Moving Castle and Kiki’s Delivery Service. Films will be shown in either the subtitled or English-dubbed versions.

The Los Angeles run follows an enormously successful debut for the retrospective at New York’s IFC Center. The event opened at IFC on December 16, grossing $32,500 week one, $33,700 week two and $56,700 week three. The event helped IFC set several single-day records for the complex (including biggest Monday, biggest Wednesday and biggest Thursday) and contributed to the second-busiest period since the theater opened.

GKIDS recently entered into agreement with Studio Ghibli to handle North American theatrical distribution for its library of animated features. Following the Los Angeles engagement, the retrospective will tour to major North American markets, including Chicago, Washington, Toronto, Boston, San Francisco and Seattle, throughout 2012. GKIDS is also planning limited releases of select Studio Ghibli titles, many of which have never been released theatrically in the United States, beginning late this year.

“I am both excited and deeply honored to be working with Studio Ghibli to bring this amazing slate of films to theaters across North America,” said GKIDS president Eric Beckman. “I am in continual awe of the brilliance of the animation, the depth and humanity of the storytelling, and of the filmmakers’ understanding that even the youngest audiences are capable of appreciating all the subtlety and nuance that cinema has to offer. The response from audiences in New York was absolutely phenomenal, and we look forward to sharing these wonderful films with Los Angeles-area moviegoers.”

Happy Birthday Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazak

Hayao Miyazak

Born this day in Tokyo in 1941, Hayao Miyazak, a Japanese artist, film director and animator of many popular fantasy feature films. In his fifty year career he has produced and directed over a dozen internationally acclaimed films, along with partner Isao Takahata, founded Studio Ghibli. The success of Miyazaki’s films has invited comparisons with American animator Walt Disney, and he has been named one of the most influential people by Time magazine.

The list of his more popular films is not short. These include: Tenkû No Shiro Rapyuta (Laputa: The Castle in the Sky), Tonari No Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro), Mononoke Hime (Princess Mononoke), Sen To Chihiro No Kamikakushi (Spirited Away), Hauru No Ugoku Shiro (Howl’s Moving Castle), Gake No Ue No Ponyo (Ponyo On The Cliff) and this year’s Karigurashi No Arietti (The Borrower Arrietty), which he produced.

Gake No Ue No Ponyo is said to be his last directoral project.

Born in Tokyo, Miyazaki began his animation career in 1961 when he joined Toei Animation. From there, Miyazaki worked as an in-between artist for Gulliver’s Travels Beyond the Moon where he pitched his own ideas that eventually became the movie’s ending. He continued to work in various roles in the animation industry over the decade until he was able to direct his first feature film Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro which was released in 1979. After the success of his next film, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, he co-founded Studio Ghibli where he continued to produce many feature films until his temporary retirement in 1997 following Princess Mononoke.

While Miyazaki’s films have long enjoyed both commercial and critical success in Japan, he remained largely unknown to the West until the American release of Princess Mononoke. At home, Princess Mononoke was the highest-grossing film in Japan, and it proved equally popular abroad. Miyazaki returned to animation with Spirited Away, which was nominated for Best Animated Film by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (which it eventually won, among many other awards). The film topped Titanic‘s sales at the Japanese box office, also won Picture of the Year at the Japanese Academy Awards and was the first anime film to win an American Academy Award.

Tenkû No Shiro Rapyuta [Laputa, Castle In The Sky] (1986) – Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film

CotD: 25 years ago today, Director Hayao Miyazaki released “Tenkû No Shiro Rapyuta” (Laputa, Castle In The Sky), a lyrically beautiful film; did you see it, and did you like it ~ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/20680-Tenk%FB_No_Shiro_Rapyuta.html

Tenkû No Shiro Rapyuta [Laputa, Castle In The Sky]  (1986) Tenkû No Shiro Rapyuta [Laputa, Castle In The Sky] (1986) – Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film

As Pazu, the apprentice of the engineer who maintains a mine’s elevator machinery, carries his boss’s dinner back to the mine, an unconscious pigtailed girl floats down from the sky into his arms. This girl, Sheeta, and her magical levitation-stone pendant hold the key to a mysterious, mythical sky-castle known as Laputa. Sheeta and Pazu must flee from both air-pirates, who seek the sky kingdom for its legendary treasure, and the army, led by a government agent with his own mysterious agenda for Laputa.

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Sen To Chihiro No Kamikakushi (Spirited Away) (2001)

Sen To Chihiro No Kamikakushi (Spirited Away)

Sen To Chihiro No Kamikakushi (Spirited Away)

Sen To Chihiro No Kamikakushi (Spirited Away) (2001) – Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film

A young girl who was sadly forced to move to another city with her parents finds herself trapped in a mystical world where humans are not quite welcome and gods are to be seen everywhere. To be allowed to stay in that world she has to change her name and work in a God Bathing House ruled by an extremely powerful sorcerer Yubaba. There she meets eccentric characters and has the chance to learn more about her past.

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