Studio Ghibli’s latest anime film When Marnie Was There directed by 41-year-old Hiromasa Yonebayashi opened in Japan with 461 screens on July 19 and earned a very disappointing 379,000,000 yen (about US$3,734,000) with 285,200 ticket sales in its first weekend. It took third place in the weekend box office following Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction in 1st and Maleficent in 2nd. The result was only 42% of his first feature film The Secret World of Arrietty, which made about 900,000,000 yen with 680,000 tickets in its opening weekend on July 17-18, 2010, in 447 screens.
For the past couple of weeks, it has been strongly rumored that Toshio Suzuki, Ghibli’s producer and co-founder, is now seriously considering the closure of the anime production division of the internationally acclaimed studio, after the retirement of his long-time colleague Hayao Miyazaki. In the latest episode of his “Ghibli Asemamire” podcast posted on June 27 before the release of the film, he actually said that the future of Ghibli depended on the results (both box office and critics) of When Marnie Was There.
GO SEE THIS MOVIE
(REQUESTED BY ANON - I took hours compiling this list LOL)
If you’re new to Python, want to get a friend into Python, or just fancy reliving some classic moments, may I direct you to this: Reggie’s Python MASTERPOST of EPIC. I think I’ve got the majority of stuff here, but sorry in advance if I’ve missed anything.
(FAO hardcore Pythonites: even tho you may have seen most of these time and time again, I’m not leaving you out. There are some goodies down the bottom of the list you may not have seen ;D)
MONTY PYTHON’S FLYING CIRCUS
Series 1 (1969/70):
- 1x01 Whither Canada?
- 1x02 Sex and Violence
- 1x03 How to Recognise Different Types of Trees…
- 1x04 Owl Stretching Time
- 1x05 Man’s Crisis of Identity in the Latter Half of the 20th Century
- 1x06 It’s the Arts
- 1x07 You’re No Fun Anymore
- 1x08 Full Frontal Nudity
- 1x09 The Ant, An Introduction
- 1x10 Untitled
- 1x11 The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Goes to the Bathroom
- 1x12 The Naked Ant
- 1x13 Intermission
Series 2 (1970):
- 2x01 Face the Press
- 2x02 The Spanish Inquisition
- 2x03 Déjà Vu
- 2x04 The Buzz Aldrin Show
- 2x05 Live from the Grill-O-Mat
- 2x06 It’s a Living
- 2x07 The Attila the Hun Show
- 2x08 Archaeology Today
- 2x09 How to Recognize Different Parts of the Body
- 2x10 Scott of the Antarctic
- 2x11 How Not to Be Seen
- 2x12 Spam
- 2x13 Royal Episode 13
…in the trailer for When Marnie Was There. Please realise that this is a JAPANESE trailer aimed at Japanese people. The trailer is NOT in English, it is NOT intended for western audiences. A lot of westerners have watched a trailer that is not aimed at them, and have applied their western culture and perceptions to it and come up with what appears to be a romantic relationship between Marnie and Anna. Japanese culture is VERY different, and the things you see in the trailer between Marnie and Anna would be considered entirely normal and not the least bit romantic in Japanese culture. So to say that this trailer, that was not made for western viewing, is “queerbaiting” is entirely unfair. Step outside of your own culture for just one moment and realise that this world has many cultures, and many with vastly different perceptions and norms to your own.