We're both big fans of the animation house's films (and thankfully, reports of it's demise are greatly exaggerated), so we leaped at the opportunity to see four Studio Ghibli features and two documentaries on the big screen.
With only one day free to dedicate to the event, we knew we couldn't cram in all six films (plus the cinema was offering a deal for a four-film pass) so we sat down and began strategizing.
We knew we particularly wanted to see one feature from each director (Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata) plus the documentaries and ended up with the following:
1) The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki)
2) Isao Takahata and his Tale of the Princess Kaguya (documentary)
A fascinating and insightful behind-the-scenes glimpse at the creation of Isao Takahata’s THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA. With complete access to the film’s production, we are privileged to witness Takahata as he uncovers the process by which he came to take on the project, the recording of the character voices, the establishment of ‘Ghibli Studio 7’ (a facility set up to meet the demands of a new type of animation that does not fit easily into the traditional Ghibli animation process), the recording of the music with legendary composer Joe Hisaishi, and even a rare meeting between Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki during the production of THE WIND RISES.
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3) The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (Isao Takahata)
4) The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (documentary)
With near-unfettered access inside Studio Ghibli, award-wining director Mami Sunada follows the key personnel at Ghibli – Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki, producer Toshio Suzuki and the elusive Isao Takahata – over the course of approximately one year as the studio rushes to complete their two highly anticipated new films, Miyazaki’s THE WIND RISES and Takahata’s THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA. The result is a rare glimpse into the inner workings of one of the most celebrated animation studios in the world, and a portrait of their dreams, passion and dedication that borders on madness.
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Oh my god, you guys.
NINE HOURS of Studio Ghibli, with no more than a 15 minute break between each film. We survived on snacks we smuggled into the theater (flame away, but I wasn't buying $10 buckets of popcorn all day), got sugar rush shakes, and I think my ass will never be the same after being parked for so long in the same seats.
Obviously, it was awesome.
And then...just over a day later, it was time for us to say goodbye to this big kid:
In a panic, I suddenly realized that because I'm always the person behind the camera, I had no photos of us together. So I handed my phone to Ben, and this happened:
Those are probably the least flattering, most goober-ish photos of me ever. And I love them anyway.
We miss you, little brother.