Christmas came early for me, it seems: yesterday while browsing Tumblr I discovered that Studio Ghibli has announced both of their movies for the 2013 season and both of them have so much potential. Both of them also hold the distinct trademarks of the two well-known directors that have presented us with such beautiful and thought-provoking films in the past.
From Isao Takahata’s branch we have Kaguya-hime no Monogatari (The Tale of Princess Kaguya). Perhaps better known under the title The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, the movie seems to be a traditional re-telling of the old tale. Takahata’s style definitely takes traditional Japanese notions and brings them to a modern audience in an act that always came off to me as a desire for his audience not to forget where they came from. In terms of people at Ghibli, Takahata is the one that I would trust most with a story like this since and if the art style on the movie poster is any indication on how the movie will be animated, this film is going to be just gorgeous.
From the other side of Ghibli, we have Hayao Miyazaki’s newest venture,
Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises). From what I’ve been able to find on this movie so far, it seems as though it’s based on the life of one Jiro Horikoshi, a fighter plane designer. Any fan of Ghilbi movies should recognize the resemblance to one of Miyazaki’s earlier films, Porco Rosso, and I can only hope that it will be just as charming.
Although there’s little information out on either right now, I’m excited to see the progress and reception of these films into the New Year.