In 1988, little known filmmakers, Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, co-released My Neighbor Totoro and Grave of the Fireflies in a dual billing that most consider to be one of the greatest of all time.
Studio Ghibli planned the same treatment for Takahata’s The Tale of Princess Kaguya, originally set to be released with Miyazaki’s amazing The Wind Rises (which garnered an Oscar nod for best animated feature) last year. Delays in The Tale of Princess Kaguya’s production unfortunately disrupted Studio Ghibli’s fitting tribute to two astounding storytellers.
Takahata’s film is based on The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, believed to be the oldest surviving Japanese narrative. Judging by the trailer, the film’s visually stunning animation does the story justice – as is to be expected of the world renowned production company.
While the trailer doesn’t feature any talking, you can rest assured that the US dub is in safe hands. Studio Ghibli worked with producer/director Frank Marshall (Ponyo, The Wind Rises) to bring together a fantastic voice cast that includes Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, Beau Bridges, James Marsden, Oliver Platt and Dean Cain.
The Tale of Princess Kaguya hits US cinemas on October 17.