Tuesday, July 15, 2008

JJNN Tuesday: Entertainment - 01

Welcome again to JJNN for Tuesday July 15th, 2008. Today is entertainment day.

As soon as I got back from work today I had to get to my bosses house to help prepare for a going away dinner for my friend. I helped cooked and ate and am just getting back now. I am tired and want to sleep so I won't be doing anything really in depth tonight. Sorry about that folks.

But, being that it's entertainment day, I want to talk a little about Studio Ghibli. Studio Ghibli is an animation house that makes some of the best animation in the world (in my opinion any way). Some of their famous titles are Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke. I will give you an example of the art work for each one below:

Both of the movies were very good and had the common theme that almost all of Studio Ghibli's work had: be good to the environment. For example in Spirited Away there was one creature that came to the spa because it was bloated with trash and other bad things. The spirit represented a river that was really polluted. In Princess Mononoke it was the basically the story of humans encroaching onto old forests and what happens because of that. Both very excellent movies.

Studio Ghibli has a movie slated for release on the 19th of this month. The name of the movie is Gake no ue no Ponyo. That can be literally translated as something as Ponyo on Top of the Cliff. The basic story is about a young fish named Ponyo. Ponyo has just one dream, she wants to become a human. The story goes though her adventures with a young human kid from what I can tell. Here is a video that has a trailer.

I will talk about the movie more after I watch it, but now I just want to get some sleep so...

Any way, it is now time for the word of the day. Today's word is スタジオジブリ(すたじおじぶり). It is pronounced sutajio jiburi and means Studio Gibli. If you go to Japan and want to talk about Japanese people about Gibli you have to make sure to pronounce it more like jiburi or no one will know what you are saying. I learnt that the hard way.

That's it for today. See you next time at JJNN.

1 comment:

  1. I love Spirited Away. It is one of my favorite animated movies (considering I once had a large collection of Disney movies, that is an accomplishment). I'll have to check out this movie if it comes to the states.