COMIC-CON 2009

Hayao Miyazaki's Ponyo Screening at Comic-Con Next Week

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July 18, 2009
Source: HitFix

Ponyo Screening at Comic-Con

Yep, next week is Comic-Con. It'll be an exciting time for everyone, even if you're not going to be there in San Diego. One extra special event that I wanted to make mention of is a screening of Hayao Miyazaki's new movie Ponyo that our friends at HitFix are hosting. They've partnered with Disney to present the English dubbed version of Ponyo on Friday, July 24th, starting at 8:00PM. Best of all, though, is that the legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki himself will be there. He will be introducing the film alongside of HitFix's Drew McWeeny - which is very rare occurrence and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Don't miss this screening!

"It's been ten years since Hayao Miyazaki came to America to promote Princess Mononoke, the first of his films to get a major push theatrically here," McWeeny explains on HitFix. "This is a family movie in every sense of the word. It's about family, it's for families, it celebrates the importance of family." The screening is first come, first serve, so you don't need any tickets or passes or anything. That means you might as well expect a VERY long line. For more information, head over to HitFix. And if you haven't seen the trailer for Ponyo yet, you can watch two different versions here and here. I'll probably be at this, so see you there!

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  • DoomCanoe
    this movie is amazing!! i downloaded it awhile back. its a very childish story but Miyazaki's art pulls it off perfectly. I cant wait to watch it again in theaters.
  • Robbie
    I think Miyazaki's great! Haven't seen Spirited Away yet, but I'll watch it soon.
  • Somedude
    It premiered in bedroom last nite!
  • http://fucku.com fucku
    That film is gorgeous, I've watched it some weeks ago here in Portugal ;)
  • Glass
    Spare us the hellstorm Miyazaki has unleashed upon the animation world with those monstrosities he calls films. He seems to have two distinct morphs of movie, neither one very good. The first is usually just him babbling about why nature is always good and man is always evil as he forces us to hear his characters have at least one speech about how good a person they are because they defend nature. Yes, Hayao, we are destroying nature, yes we are polluting the environment, how about telling us something new? He's not making his audience think with these types of movies, he's just selling them a guilt trip. The second is his other equally bad but far less offensive movie type where a female character is just usually crying and/or doing chores or wandering around a fantasy environment like they're on the world's dullest sightseeing tour. Just look at them, Kiki, Chihiro, Sophie, they spend more than half the movie crying or doing chores, it's like he made the exact same movie at least three times and switched the setting slightly. Then he gets praised for using a “strong” female protagonist because she happens to look determined in one single scene while she cries and whines the rest of the time. Miyazaki is not being creative. He utilizes the same themes and character types in every movie with little to no variation. Everyone praises his works for looking pretty while being distracted from the utter lack of realistic or meaningful story or character.

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