Famed director Hayao Miyazaki may be retired and his production company on hiatus, but Studio Ghibli has another movie for us, their eager fans. It's called The Tale of Princess Kaguya, and it was released in Japan in 2013. And it's unlike any other Ghibli movie we've seen.
Unlike his Ghibli partner Miyazaki, director Isao Takahata is not an animator himself and is much more flexible stylistically: For example, one of his previous movies, My Neighbors the Yamadas, was more cartoon than anime. Likewise, Princess Kaguya takes chances with its animation. Rather than the delightful, yet expected, curves of Howl's castle or Kiki and her delivery service, here we get a much more rough, unfinished style. The film looks as if it were made with thick children's pencils and watercolors on silk.
Concerned about how different this is from other Ghibli movies? Don't be. After all, the movie is in the hands of the man who directed Grave of the Fireflies.
Princess Kaguya is based on a Japanese folk tale, the Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, a bittersweet proto-science-fiction tale about a married couple who take in a foundling from a bamboo tree. We have the first American trailer, below. (The movie will be released in America on Oct. 17.)
Too brief for you? Because we love Ghibli and all its works, we also have an extended (non-U.S.) trailer below that.
If things go terribly, terribly wrong, this could be the second-to-last Studio Ghibli movie ever released, after When Marnie Was There.
On that happy note, enjoy: