Studio Ghibli’s “Tales from Earthsea” Finally Released in America

Walt Disney Studios and Studio Ghibli have come together to help release “Tales from Earthsea” in America. The movie originally released in 2006 overseas, but was never brought to America. On August 13, 2010 there will be a limited release in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Honolulu and Seattle. Hopefully there will be enough of a buzz generated to get a full release. The movie is directed by Goro Miyazaki, whom is Hayao Miyazaki’s son. The movie was inspired by Hayao Miyazaki’s “Shuna’s Journey” and based on the “Earthsea” series by Ursula K. Le Guin, while the screenplay was written by Goro Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa.

Here is an official description from Walt Disney Studios:

“From famed Japanese animators Studio Ghibli comes ‘Tales from Earthsea,’ a sweeping adventure set in a mythical world filled with magic and bewitchment. An epic tale of redemption and self-discovery, the story follows the journey of Lord Archmage Sparrowhawk (voice of Timothy Dalton), the master wizard, as he searches for the force behind a mysterious disturbance that has caused an imbalance in the land of Earthsea—suddenly crops and livestock are dwindling, dragons have reappeared and humanity is giving way to chaos. Along the way he rescues Arren (voice of Matt Levin), a troubled young prince who has fled his home and is being pursued by an enigmatic shadow. Arren joins Sparrowhawk on the quest and, moving closer to their intertwined destinies, they cross paths with Tenar (voice of Mariska Hargitay), a former priestess, and her disfigured adopted daughter, Therru. With Sparrowhawk’s magical powers dissipating, all of them must band together to defeat the evil Cob (voice of Willem Dafoe) and his henchman Hare (voice of Cheech Marin) before Cob’s mania to find immortality destroys Earthsea.”

I am definitely looking forward to hopefully seeing this movie on the big screen.


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