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Miyazaki Mania, Part 2

By It's My Life on June 5, 2012 11:46 AM | No TrackBacks

A couple of years ago, we posted on the IML Blog about the DVD releases of four films by legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki. It was one of our most popular blog entries ever, because as it turns out, we weren't the only mega-fans out there! IML'ers write on our YSI boards about their favorite Miyazaki films, everything from "Spirited Away" to "Ponyo." With the never-ending barrage of animated flicks from Hollywood, some great and some awful, it was wonderful to see that these unique, beautiful, imaginative, and totally entertaining movies are still popular with tweens.

arrietty_secret-world-of-arrietty1.jpgRecently, Miyazaki's company, Studio Ghibli, along with Walt Disney Studios, released "The Secret World of Arrietty," a new take on the classic children's book "The Borrowers." Featuring the voices of Bridgit Mendler and David Henrie in a lovely tale of friendship between two very different young people, this film brought Miyazaki's trademark visuals and storytelling style to a new generation of viewers. Now, "The Secret World of Arrietty" is available on DVD and Blu-ray...and all we can say is, wow! What a perfect choice for family movie night, because your 3-year-old sister and 43-year-old mom will probably love it equally. Anyone curious about how animation will enjoy the storyboard version of the film in the bonus features, which also includes music videos for the movie's catchy songs.

Thumbnail image for castle.jpgLast time around, we reviewed "Castle In The Sky," and now this movie is also released on a DVD and Blu-ray combo pack. "Castle In The Sky" is an adventure-filled tale of courage, friendship, and two teens' search for a legendary floating castle named Laputa. Since this film is considered one of the most stunning art-wise of Miyazaki's films, it's great to see it getting the chance to be discovered by new fans.

whisper.jpgFinally, there's "Whisper of the Heart," a Miyazaki film we had not yet seen....even though it's totally perfect for IML'ers! In the story, Shizuku, a quiet schoolgirl, sets out to find her true talent in life. With the help of Seiji, a boy she dislikes at first but then comes to respect, and The Baron, a magical cat figurine, Shizuku learns to listen to the "whispers of her heart" and push her imagination to amazing new places. The DVD and Blu-ray combo pack features more goodies for animation buffs, with storyboards and segments on how certain scenes evolved.

We'll leave you with one of our favorite scenes from "The Secret World of Arrietty." It's fun to hear Disney Channel stars branching out like this!
 





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