Review: Mary And The Witch’s Flower

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi It was a few years into Studio Ghibli's existence before Hayao Miyazaki brought My Neightbour Totoro to the world and finally settled on the iconic logo which become synonymous with the company ever since. Ghibli now rests in a state of semi-hibernation. In its wake, rising star Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Arrietty, When Marnie Was There) opens …

Review: Arrietty

***originally written 17 August 2011*** I’ve never read The Borrowers. Never seen the movie starring John Goodman from 1997. So I came to Arrietty, the latest film from the wonderful Studio Ghibli, with no real expectations of any kind concerning the source material. This was, to me, just the latest work from one of the …

Review: Ponyo

***originally written 18 February 2010*** Ponyo is the latest effort from the wonderful Japanese hand-drawn animation folk at Studio Ghibli and concerns a small red fish that obtains the magical powers to transform into a five year old girl, thus unwittingly triggering the apocalyptic descent of the moon. Obviously. This fish is named Ponyo by …