The Japanimation/LCFF screenings of Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo at the Barbican cinema are sure to be popular.
With animation by Madhouse and a screenplay from the director, the movie has been widely described as “Ghibli-esque.” This is no surprise – not only does it occupy familiar territory to both Miyazaki and Takahata fans, with nostalgic looks back at bygone days and an interest in how we become the people we are, but Katabuchi worked with the gods of Ghibli before Ghibli came to be. He was on the script team on Sherlock Hound years before his stint as an assistant director on Kiki’s Delivery Service. Comparing his mature work with Miyazaki Senior’s on a big screen with theatre sound is a chance no Ghibli fan will want to miss.
Booking opens on 11 October.