Ghibli's Tales from Earthsea Finally Hits Theaters This August
By hitting theaters, I mean US theaters, because Tales from Earthsea actually hit theaters in Japan way, way back in 2006. Disney has announced (via Ain't It Cool News) that the film will hit theaters on August 13th, the same fall release date they gave to Ponyo last year. This release will also be re-dubbed into English (damn them!) and feature voices from Timothy Dalton, Willem Dafoe, Cheech Marin and Mariska Hargitay. That's also exactly why I will not be seeing this, because I hate dubbed Studio Ghibli movies and didn't like Ponyo's English version (I prefer subtitles). But I am at least happy to see Ghibli movies hitting US theaters.
Tales from Earthsea, or Gedo Senki, was directed by Hayao Miyazaki's son Goro Miyazaki, who directed this after he was asked to draw the storyboards for the film by producer Toshio Suzuki. The film is loosely based on a combination of plots and characters from the first, third, and fourth novels in Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea series. The fantastical story (as is always expected from Ghibli) is about Ged, a wandering wizard, who investigates the appearance of dragons in the Earthsea kingdom. During his journeys, he meets the Prince Arren, a young distraught teenage boy who has a severe dark side, which grants him strength, hatred, ruthlessness and has no mercy, especially when it comes to protecting Teru. Sounds like it could be good.
The reaction to the release of the movie in Japan was mixed. Goro Miyazaki was given the "Worst Director" award in Bunshun's Raspberry Awards and Ursula K. Le Guin, author of the Earthsea series, said that the weak points of the film were the result of "when too much responsibility was shouldered by someone not equipped for it." That said, when I first started the site, this was the next Ghibli film coming up, but then Ponyo came out in the US first, so I still want to see this. You can check out an old Japanese trailer below and we'll keep you updated on Disney's release plans for this in fall. Anyone interested in seeing this?