Studio Ghibli’s First Foreign Film

“The Red Turtle” Will Be A Co-Produced Work

Many Studio Ghibli fans have been wondering what the future holds in store for the acclaimed film studio now that Hayao Miyazaki has announced his retirement…again.  This time, however, we have yet to see any signs of him coming back.  Add to that the fact that the studio’s youngest director (Hiromasa Yonebayashi) has quit the studio, and you have a formula for some concerned fans.

The most recent news, however, brings plenty of room for optimism.  Studio Ghibli will be working with European talent to bring to life the highest quality piece of work that they can.  All in all, they have assembled an all-star team to work on this next film, known as The Red Turtle.

As lifelong fans of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, we here at Anime Command Center find ourselves quite hopeful about the future.  Read more details after the break!


Fans of Studio Ghibli should mark their calendars for September 2016. The acclaimed anime production house will release its first co-produced foreign work next year, The Red Turtle, according to its distribution company Toho.

The Red Turtle, to be co-produced with European film distributor Wild Bunch, will bring onboard Academy Award-winning Dutch director Michaël Dudok de Wit. The animated fantasy film tells the touching tale of a man stranded on an island and his relationship with a giant turtle.

Those missing Miyazaki’s poignant story-telling style will be happy to know that Dudok de Wit, who won the Academy Award for Father and Daughter, was reportedly earmarked by Miyazaki himself.

The star studded crew also includes Isao Takahata, who directed Studio Ghibli’s classics Grave of the Fireflies and Pom Poko, and will serve as artistic producer on the new film. Fans are understandably excited about the studio’s new release.


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