The Studio Ghibli Retrospective’s stop in the northwest of the US is in Portland, Oregon. The NW Film Center will start the retrospective with Miyazaki Hayao’s oldest work,  風の谷のナウシカ, (Kaze no Tani no Naushika/Nausicaä, 1984) – which, strictly speaking, is pre-Studio Ghibli as the animation studio was only founded a year after the film’s success at the Japanese box office.

If you have not seen Nausicaä, let me say it is an absolute gem. Yes, it’s old and doesn’t have the sleek look of current-day animated movies (even if Studio Ghibli continues to create primarily hand-drawn animations and only makes limited use of CGI), but Nausicaä tells an incredibly powerful story with a strong message about (wo)man’s interaction with the environment that remains as timely as ever. Plus, Nausicaä herself is an awesome heroine. 🙂

The complete programme for the Portland Retrospective, titled “Fable and Fantasy: The Masters of Studio Ghibli”, runs from May 4 to 27:

  • 風の谷のナウシカ, (Kaze no Tani no Naushika/Nausicaä, 1984)
  • となりのトトロ (Tonari no Totoro/My Neighbor Totoro, 1988)
  • 天空の城ラピュタ (Tenkū no Shiro Rapyuta/Laputa Castle in the Sky, 1986)
  • 魔女の宅急便 (Majo no Takkyūbin/Kiki’s Delivery Service, 1989)
  • おもひでぽろぽろ (Omoide Poro Poro/Only Yesterday, 1991)
  • もののけ姫 (Mononoke-hime/Princess Mononoke, 1997)
  • 海がきこえる (Umi ga Kikoeru/Ocean Waves aka I Can Hear the Sea, 1993)
  • 紅の豚 (Kurenai no Buta/Porco Rosso, 1992)
  • ホーホケキョとなりの山田くん (Hōhokekyo Tonari no Yamada-kun/My Neighbours the Yamadas, 1999)
  • 千と千尋の神隠し (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi/Spirited Away, 2001)
  • 平成狸合戦ぽんぽこ (Heisei Tanuki Gassen Ponpoko/Pom Poko, 2004)
  • 耳をすませば (Mimi o Sumaseba/Whisper of the Heart, 1995)
  • ハウルの動く城 (Hauru no Ugoku Shiro/Howl’s Moving Castle, 2004)

Details for dates are available here.

Pom Poko and Howl’s Moving Castle will screen dubbed, all other films will be shown in Japanese with English subtitles.

I’m dreadfully behind on my own plan to review all Studio Ghibli films, but Theowne over at Omohide has reviews for most films that will screen in Portland – you’ll have to look through his complete list of reviews though, I’m afraid.

Gotta love the catbus from となりのトトロ (Tonari no Totoro/My Neighbor Totoro).