The Japanese TV program 1 Oku Nin no Dai-Shitsumon!? Waratte Kora Ete! devoted 180 minutes of its schedule to Studio Ghibli including the movie Kaguya-hime no Monogatari by director Isao Takahata. Some scenes from the show are available online, including the footage from Kaguya-hime.
Originally, the Takahata movie and the upcoming Kaze Tachinu by Hayao Miyazaki were planned to come out in the same day, but due to unforeseen circumstances, the folktale-based story had to be postponed until the autumn of 2013. This would have been the first time that this has happened since 1988’s My Neightbour Totoro and Grave of the Fireflies. Nonetheless, this is still the first time since then that the two co-founders of the famous Japanese animation studio are releasing a project in the same year.
Kaguya-hime no Monogatari is a Ghibli take on the popular Japanese folktale ‘Taketori Monogatari’, which centres on a baby princess that was found in a bamboo field by one bamboo cutter. The tagline of this Ghibli project is ‘A princess’s crime and punishment’ and its music will be composed by Mononoke-hime and Spirited Away’s Joe Hisaishi. The main theme song is entitled ‘Inochi no Kioku’ and is performed by Kazumi Nikaido.
This is the first project by Takahata since his anime My Neightbours the Yamadas came out in 1999.
Source: YouTube (you can see a video of the shared scenes here)
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