American Cinematheque

Jan. 21, 2013 | 1:17 p.m.

‘Totoro,’ ‘Princess Mononoke’ returning to theaters for Ghibli series

"Ponyo," which came to American theaters in 2008, is a love story between a young goldfish princess who wants to become human and the little boy who finds her in the ocean. "Ponyo" was loosely inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid." (Nibariki–GNDHDDT / Disney)
Some of Hayao Miyazaki’s most popular films — including “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Princess Mononoke” — are returning to the big screen as part of a Studio Ghibli retrospective hosted by the American Cinematheque. It’s a return engagement after last year’s series at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica enjoyed sold-out screenings. The retrospective begins  Friday at the Egyptian with a double feature of the Academy Award-winning “Spirited Away” and the tanuki tale “Pom Poko” — two of 11 films being showcased through Feb. 10. Miyazaki could be considered Japan’s answer to Walt Disney. Studio Ghibli — founded in 1985 by Miyazaki, his mentor Isao Takahata and producer Toshio Suzuki — releases films that are immensely popular in Japan and have been growing in recognition in the United States. The films are known […]
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