11:33 pm - 03/13/2011
Miyazaki shorts playing at Carnegie Hall!
"Why is there so much excitement at Carnegie Hall today?
Because we've just announced that we will exclusively screen two short animated films—House Hunting and Mon Mon the Water Spider—by Academy Award–winning Japanese animator and director Hayao Miyazaki in Zankel Hall on March 26.....
......As visually stunning as all of Miyazaki's work (Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away), the screenings of House Hunting and Mon Mon the Water Spider mark the first time that these two 2006 films have been shown outside Japan.
If you're in New York, if you love Miyazaki's work, and if you are unlikely to visit Miyazaki's Ghibli Museum in Tokyo, this is your best chance of ever seeing these two films.
There will be two screenings on March 26, the first at 6:30 PM and the second at 8:30 PM. Tickets are available now!"
About the Screening
The Ghibli Museum, Mitaka was founded in 2001 to celebrate, preserve, and introduce people of all ages to the techniques and culture of traditional hand-drawn animation. Each month in its specially designed Saturn Theater, the Ghibli Museum screens one of the eight short animated films specially created for the museum by Studio Ghibli. These short films can only be seen at the Ghibli Museum. In cooperation with Carnegie Hall and as part of the JapanNYC festival, the Ghibli Museum has made a special exception to its policy to allow two of these films, Yado-Sagashi (House Hunting) and Mizugumo Monmon (Mon Mon the Water Spider), to be screened in New York City in Zankel Hall. Neither of these films, written and directed by Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki, have ever been seen outside of Japan.
Both of these short animated films share a common feature in that they do not make use of spoken dialogue to convey their story or theme. Each represents in its own way two divergent thematic and stylistic characteristics of Japanese art and culture: the indigenous traditional culture of Japanese folk art, and the more elaborate and refined art influenced by borrowings from foreign cultures. Yado-Sagashi employs a bold and somewhat simplified style and owes much to the influence of manga, including the use of visual representation of sound effects. Mizugumo Mon Mon is more Western-influenced, both in its style of depiction and in its story and theme. Both are excellent representations of the very best of the art of Japanese hand-drawn animation.
This is a one-time special screening event in conjunction with Carnegie Hall’s JapanNYC festival. The Ghibli Museum has advised that all requests for further screenings outside of the Ghibli Museum in Japan must regrettably be declined.
....as of me finding this out (it's kinda old news, but I checked and there was no post!), there are still a lot of tickets available for at least the 6:30 show, since I just bought mine. I imagine the 8:30 will be more crowded? The site to buy tickets (for the 6:30 show) is: HERE
kinda pissed about them declining requests to show the ghibli museum's other films here in the US, but I can see their point. I would much rather just get there someday :)