From Studio Ghibli to Dreamworks Animation, plus shocking news over the weekend, here are some of the things that will keep my mind occupied this week.
Ever since I was little, the world of animation (most especially, Japanese animation) fascinated me. In fact, it is one of things that influenced my desire in becoming a storyteller – my lifelong dream is to become an accomplished fiction writer and scriptwriter.
A handful of my favorite films come from this little Japanese animation studio called Studio Ghibli. This studio, alongside one of its mainstays: a brilliant, brilliant man called Hayao Miyazaki, has been a steady source of inspiration throughout the years.
Which is why I found it very exciting when I came across the news of the upcoming film, Kaze Tachinu (The Wind is Rising). Written and directed by Miyazaki-sensei himself – his first film in five years, after Ponyo — this film is slated for release in Japan this coming July 20th. The rest of the world (or at least, the English-speaking countries) would have to wait a bit longer for the dubbed version, though.
Speaking of waiting, another upcoming film that has gotten a lot of hype over the weekend is Dreamworks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2, the follow-up to the 2010 blockbuster hit How To Train Your Dragon. Set five years after the last movie, HTTYD2 shows a more mature Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III and his dragon best-friend Toothless soaring through the skies.
Yes, I am fully aware that the movie is CGI, but damn it, look at all the cloud porn! LOOK AT POST-PUBERTY HICCUP! I cannot wait for June 2014. I simply cannot.
Amidst this excitement though, the shocking news of Canadian actor Cory Monteith’s death was a cloud that dampened my spirits. Honestly, I stopped watching Glee halfway through it’s third season and his character (Finn Hudson) was far from my favorites, but a death, especially at such a young age (he was 31), is always a sad occasion.
It’s a harsh reminder of how unexpected death could be. That whether you’re in the height of your career or in the prime of your life; when it’s your time, it’s your time.
He took the midnight train going anywhere…
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