Watch: First Unique Teasers for Ghibli's 'The Tale of Princess Kaguya'

October 23, 2013
Source: Vlicious

The Tale of Princess Kaguya Teaser

Gather ’round fans of animation, this is something to behold. The first teaser trailer for Studio Ghibli's The Tale of Princess Kaguya has debuted, and it's unlike anything seen before. The film is Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata's retelling of the 10th century Japanese folktale The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, and is in the style of "the classical Japanese scroll Chōjū-jinbutsu-giga." As usual with their teasers it's short and features beautiful music, but not much of the story, only a quick scene. Honestly I'm not sure what to make of this. On one hand, it looks incredible, like nothing I've seen; on the other, it looks like unfinished storyboards waiting to be animated. Either way, this is going to be interesting. Expect nothing less from Studio Ghibli.

Here's the first Japanese teaser for Isao Takahata's The Tale of Princess Kaguya, found via Vlicious:

Update! Another slightly different quick teaser for The Tale of Princess Kaguya, also found on YouTube:

Studio Ghibli's The Tale of Princess Kaguya, or Kaguyahime no monogatari in Japanese, is based on the popular 10th century Japanese folktale Taketori Monogatari (or The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter). The story, "known by virtually every Japanese child," is about around a princess named Kaguya discovered as a baby by an old man who sells bamboo inside the stalk of a glowing bamboo plant. When Kaguya grows up, 5 men from prestigious families propose and Kaguya asks them to find memorable marriage gifts. Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata wrote the script and is directing, his latest since directing My Neighbors the Yamadas in 1999. As seen in the teaser, the film will be in the style of the classical Japanese scroll Chōjū-jinbutsu-giga. Princess Kaguya will be released in November in Japan, but doesn't have a US release yet.

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Stunningly beautiful. Can't wait for the finished product.

DAVIDPD on Oct 23, 2013


Looks like an animatic. Liked it, but I doubt it will look anything like this in the final film. Alex, if you dug the style you should check out MindGame, it's way madder than this, but very entertaining.

Carpola on Oct 23, 2013


F' it, I'm in! Love me some Ghibli. It hits an animation itch every time.

Johnny Neat on Oct 24, 2013

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