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US Release Scheduled for Ghibli Adaptation of Tales from Earthsea

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Cartoon Brew notes that Disney has announced that it will theatrically release Studio Ghibli's Tales from Earthsea (Gedo Senki) in the US on August 13th under its Touchstone Pictures banner. The movie, directed by Goro Miyazaki, the son of revered anime director Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Ponyo, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro) several books from Ursula K. Le Guin's series of novel. The feature premiered in Japan back in 2006, and hit other English speaking territories, such as the UK and Australia since then, but its US release has been delayed due to the Sci-Fi Channel's now expiring hold on the Earthsea rights. Cast for the English dub includes Timothy Dalton, Willem Dafoe, Cheech Marin and Mariska Hargitay. Reviews of the movie weren't especially positive, especially by the standards of the frequently lauded Studio Ghibli, and it is generally remembered a cause of friction between Hayao and Goro Miyazaki. Le Guin was likewise cold to the work. In other Ghibli news, Ghibli Wiki has translated the status update for the next Ghibli feature, Arrietty the Borrower - scheduled for Japanese release July 17, 2010 key animation and the chief animator's check are complete. Animation and background painting will be completed this week. Key animators will finish up drawing animation cels this week by not taking a rest (in the figurative sense). The background painting staff will move on to start the work of the exhibition of Taneda and other Ghibli films. Because animation work will be completed this week, painting work has become difficult. Studio Ghibli uses Toonz Harlequin to paint so most studios cannot assist. Arrietty's third trailer will be released soon.

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