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Spirited Away Set for 800 Theatre Rerelease

chrisd posted more than 11 years ago | from the so-good-it-hurts dept.

Anime 296

Robotech_Master writes "According to the website of Jerry Beck, a 20-year-animation industry veteran and one of the co-founders of Streamline Animation, when Spirited Away won the Oscar, it also "won the right to be re-released to 800 theatres this Friday. Disney will be announcing plans to re-release the Japanese masterpiece in theatres later today." When I emailed Beck to ask him his source, he said it was someone within the Disney publicity department and it would be made public sometime today. According to Spirited Away's numbers page at Rotten Tomatoes, it peaked during its first run at 151 screens. Wonder how it'll do this time around?"

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First Post! (-1, Flamebait)

LostCauz (121686) | more than 11 years ago | (#5594099)

I liked the movie.

this is bad karma, huh?

Saddam's luxury car destroyed by troops (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5594144)

Saddam's luxury automobile [beaterz.com] was obliterated by a cluster bomb dropped by allied forces. Iraq is furious at this blatant destruction of the best Iraqi technological advancement.

fp?? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5594100)

fp??

FP?! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5594101)

FP?!

fp@! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5594102)

shoutz to da gcs crew! -- sq

Disney (-1, Troll)

Miguel de Icaza (660439) | more than 11 years ago | (#5594104)

sorry just the mention of disney makes me disinterested :^)

Re:Disney (0)

LostCauz (121686) | more than 11 years ago | (#5594128)

not all disney movies suck, most do though :\

Re:Disney (1)

MousePotato (124958) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594147)

heh... Originally that is exactly what I thought. Then some friends dragged me to the theater and we saw it. I really liked it.

Re:Disney (4, Informative)

Qzukk (229616) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594164)

Yes, but Spirited Away isn't a Disney cartoon (its not even dubbed to English by Disney... Pixar was in charge of that) Its a Studio Ghibli animation directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

If you don't mind a show that isn't crammed with nonstop action, you might just like it. The pacing can be slow at times compared to the latest hollywood Blow Em Up, but there are still a number of action and suspense sequences.

Re:Disney (1)

ichimunki (194887) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594236)

My question is: is there an official English-subbed Japanese release of this that I can play in a region 1 player? Or am I seeing only boots on eBay?

Because I'd love to see the movie without funding the Mouse's lobbying efforts against Fair Use and the public domain.

Re:Disney (2, Informative)

ll1234 (167894) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594329)

Yes: http://www.nausicaa.net/miyazaki/video/sen/ -- but. . . it's released by Buena Vista Japan. Disney kicked in 10% of the film's production costs, they got a cut from the theatrical release as well as the video releases. Some of the European video releases are from third-party distributors, Disney may or may not receive funds from those sales.

Re:Disney (1)

Qzukk (229616) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594450)

There are almost no official Japanese DVDs that play outside of region 2. Just like there are almost no official US releases that play outside of region 1.

However, ignoring the region code on the DVD is not breaking the DMCA (not by the letter of the law anyway... just remember, you can be sued for anything at all, and then guilt must be proven in court) since the region code fails to meet the standards in the definition of an access control method by the DMCA.

Many Studio Ghibli DVDs have both subs and dubs. www.amazon.co.jp or www.cdjapan.co.jp are good places to start looking.

The bad news: The Japanese release of Sen To Chihiro has a red tint to it, supposedly because Buena Vista screwed up. BV changed their mind between claims it did what it always did to releases, and that they adjusted it for proper display on plasma tv's (this one appears to be true, the red tint may be a "color temperature" adjustment), and that it looks perfectly fine on their high-end multi-tens-of-thousands test equipment (if you were such A/V freaks that you cared about a red tint, you would too, right?).

The Official Region 1 US DVD comes out april 15th, along with Kiki's delivery service and Laputa: Castle in the Sky

Re:Disney (1)

nomadic (141991) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594454)

Its a Studio Ghibli animation directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

The odd thing is they call him the "Disney of Japan", which I think is a little insulting, considering he surpassed Walt Disney a long time ago.

Re:Disney (3, Insightful)

wumingzi (67100) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594205)

Disney is just the distributor. Miyazaki-san is the brains behind this.

While it tickles me pink that this wonderful movie is getting another big-screen release, I doubt it will do any better this time than it did last time.

Spirited Away is just too Japanese/Asian for middle-Americans to get.

I could do three pages of Way Important Stuff which Every Japanese Kid Over Five Already Knows But Gets Glossed Over.

I dragged a bunch of friends to see this during the first release. They left the movie shaking their heads in utter incomprehension. "But don't you see? It all makes sense!" OK. Maybe not.

j.

Re:Disney (1)

Blacklotuz (575879) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594216)

You'r loss. Theres a reason that a film that was released in only a handful of theaters won the best animated picture oscar! Spirited Away isn't the normal Disney crap, in fact its Disney in name only... Now when Disney releases Spirited Away 3: Voyage to Snow Whites Castle i'll be disinterested.

Re:Disney (1)

binaryDigit (557647) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594241)

This is interesting. Most of the replies have been "yeah but this isn't Disney produced". I assume the original poster was not making a reference to Disney quality, but Disney corporate (you know, like Sony). So it's funny that this is "ok" because anime is cool and it wasn't produced by Disney. Yet no one has said (there are 5 replies as of this writing) "hey it's those slimeball copyright extending Disney dudes, I'm not gonna support ANYTHING they are involved with".

Re:Disney (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5594291)

Free English lesson: disinterested != uninterested.

Re:Disney (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5594366)

From dictionary.com

disinterested:

Not interested; indifferent: "supremely disinterested in all efforts to find a peaceful solution" (C.L. Sulzberger).
Having lost interest

uninterested:

Marked by or exhibiting a lack of interest. See Usage Note at disinterested.

So, stick it up your ass, you contextual fool.

oh the irony (yo know what irony is yes?) (0, Troll)

Miguel de Icaza (660439) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594407)

Here in England (Britain, Europe) home of the language 'english' you are wrong!

here is the definition from my Griffin Savers Dictionary (there is no higher authority IMO):

"disinterested adj. 1. unbiased, not influenced by self-interest 2. uninterested, uncaring .... "

...it does offer a caveat but i'm disinterested in that.

if anyone else has a savers dictionary they can tie this up :^)

Re:Disney (1)

aleksey (1519) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594415)

For a decidedly non-Disney (it was one of a very few number of Studio Ghibli movies that Disney declined to distribute worldwide), check out Grave of the Fireflies [imdb.com] . One word of warning, however: don't watch this movie if you're feeling even slightly depressed.

gotta try it... you know how it is (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5594106)

is this the fp... ????

Vulva (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5594108)

Labia

If it failed the first time.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5594109)

If it failed the first time at the box office, why bother again? The same number of anime fans will likely show up again, but that is it.

Re:If it failed the first time.... (5, Insightful)

Qzukk (229616) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594288)

Failed at the box office? What box office?

You know where I got to watch it? I watched it in a nearby university's 100 seat theater. This is the kind of coverage Disney gave the film: very little advertisement, very few showings. Is there even a "box office" for universities for it to fail at?

Even 800 theatres is nothing compared to what the real box office bombs open at.

Re:If it failed the first time.... (0, Troll)

t0ny (590331) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594367)

Im only interested if it features graphic depictions of tenticle rape.

Re:If it failed the first time.... (2, Interesting)

yroJJory (559141) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594387)

Just like "Iron Giant" failed at the box office? Oh, wait. You mean, that failures at the box office are somehow linked to a lack of advertising and publicity?

If Disney actually pushes "Spirited Away" it'll do just fine at the box office.

I had to travel 45 minutes away from my home to find a theatre showing it back in October. More theatres and a bit of publicity can do wonders.

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Hmm.. (1)

Quasar1999 (520073) | more than 11 years ago | (#5594123)

I see a lesson to be learned here... this is a great idea... make sure there is an audience for it before wasting money...

Perhaps they should have waited for Star Trek Nemesis to win something BEFORE releasing it to theaters...

or in a broader sense (2, Redundant)

k3v0 (592611) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594175)

maybe media companies shouldn't promote lots of crappy bands so they can charge you $18 for a good band's cd

more by Miyazaki (4, Informative)

Smallpond (221300) | more than 11 years ago | (#5594133)

Also Kiki's Delivery Service [amazon.com] will be out April 15.

Re:more by Miyazaki (1)

Turbyne (563535) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594223)

Also Kiki's Delivery Service will be out April 15.
For a second there I thought Kirsten Dunst was becoming a stripper.

Re:more by Miyazaki (1)

dr2chase (653338) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594298)

Kiki's Delivery Service is very good.
On a sample of two girls (a 2-4 year
old and her 14-16-year-old babysitter),
it gets two thumbs up, again, and again
and again (and I still like it after all
those repetitions, too).

Businessmodel? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5594135)

1: Write free software.
2: ?
3: Read yet another uninterresting story on slashdot.
4: Profit!

Re:Businessmodel? (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5594337)

Sorry, you got 2 and 3 reversed, and it will cause you problems. It should be:

1. Write free software.
2. Read yet another uninterresting story on slashdot.
3.?
4.Profit!

huh? (1)

Joe the Lesser (533425) | more than 11 years ago | (#5594138)

won the right to be re-released to 800 theatres this Friday. Disney will be announcing plans to re-release the Japanese masterpiece in theatres later today

Are they saying that it would been illegal for the movie to show in any theatres if it hadn't won an Oscar? Or is this just a deal they had with the 800 theatres? Or an internal Disney thing?

If it's the former, then that industry is more red-taped than I had thought.

Re:huh? (2)

p3d0 (42270) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594232)

Take a deep breath. Relax.

It was just a little poetic license on the part of the submitter.

Re:huh? (1)

ll1234 (167894) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594238)

An internal thing. Here's a column by Jack Matthews of the New York Post: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/col/story /37951p-35839c.html where he questions Richard Cook of Disney about future release plans. (It's dated November 2002) "Spirited Away" fulfilled all of the goals set by Cook so it'd look really bad for Disney not to follow through with a re-release.

Re:huh? (5, Insightful)

Bonker (243350) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594282)

Disney is in the unenviable position of submarining their own works here. In one corner, you have 'Lilo and Stitch', the film, depending on who you beleive, Disney was lobbying to win 'Best Animated Picture' vs. 'Spirited Away'.

Disney has typically treated its Miyazaki/Ghibli licenses just like every other kind non-in-house animation they acquire (Many DIC titles. First season Sailor Moon is a notable example). They'll sell it, but they will not spend adequate resources on it or promote it in any way that will compete with their own films.

They spent considerable effort creating excellent dubbs on Kiki's Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away, but simply will not promote those films in any way like they will their own releases. (I have yet to get a Kiki action figure at Burger King.)

'Spirited Away/Sen to Chihiro' is a true work of art. Disney knows it. Miyazaki knows it. The people who've seen it know it. It *deserved* to win BAP. By winning, however, it takes away from 'Lilo and Stitch'. By rereleasing 'Spirited Away', Disney is effectively submarining a possible 'Lilo and Stitch' rerelease. They're also forced to tacitly admit that Miyazaki and Studio Ghibi produces better stuff than they do.

By not re-releasing 'Spirited Away', Disney is in the even more awkward position of trying to explain why they're submarining a film that's won BAP simply because it's not their own work.

Congratulations Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli! I will be taking everyone I know and can get to go to the rerelease.

mod parent up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5594349)

mod parent up

Re:huh? (5, Insightful)

Mononoke (88668) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594463)

They spent considerable effort creating excellent dubbs on Kiki's Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away, but simply will not promote those films in any way like they will their own releases. (I have yet to get a Kiki action figure at Burger King.)
You just answered your own question, oddly enough. Disney stupidly didn't get merchandising rights to the Ghibli films when they got distribution rights. They don't know how to promote an animated feature unless they can tie it in to Happy Meals. Merchandising is where they make most of their money from animation, anyway.

I was lucky enough to get a private showing during the first run. Well, not really private, but there was no one else in the theatre. No one in town knew the movie was there. The print was so clean I think they had not even been turning the projector on. No, it wasn't an 'art house' theatre, but a real multiplex. Off course, there were no lobby cards, newspaper ads, or any other type of promotion.

Re:huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5594480)

mod parent way up. This is EXACTLY why you dont see promotional tie-ins with Ghibli titles, they are contractually obligated not too.

They could do a couple tv spots tho, yeesh.

The DVD... (5, Informative)

eldimo (140734) | more than 11 years ago | (#5594142)

The DVD will be out in three weeks [amazon.com] . So for the price of two tickets, you can actually own it!

Re:The DVD... (1)

basscomm (122302) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594194)

Negative. For the price of two tickets, you can own the media the movie is stored on and a license to watch it. You can't own the contents of your DVD.

Re:The DVD... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5594203)

If your home television has a viewable area of > 10 feet then that's fine and dandy.

I'll probably go catch it in theaters (again) and still buy the DVD when it's out.

Support the idea of re-releases, and support this film in theaters. It won't kill you.... just skip your slashdot premium payment for a month.

Re:The DVD... (4, Funny)

Skyshadow (508) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594204)

So for the price of two tickets, you can actually own it!

Sure, but you can't go out to the movies, buy hot movie popcorn with artificial butter and a bucket of soda and have your ticket torn. You can't sit in the dark in those movie seats playing "guess the number of trailers" with your friends. You don't get that thrill of anticipation when the lights go down, you don't get the surprise of which movies are coming up, and you don't get to see it on the Big Screen, your bladder screaming as you try to last that last fifteen minutes with a gallon of Coke cut with Sprees sloshing around your system.

Sorry, I really love going to the movies. The DVD is never the same.

the movie-going experience (4, Funny)

Tumbleweed (3706) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594289)

The best part of the moviegoing experience is how they mop down the floor between showings with soda & butter 'flavouring'.

I love that.

Re:The DVD... (1)

override11 (516715) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594376)

Ahh, but for the price of 50 movie tickets, you can own your own projector! Then make popcorn at home, get movie theater butter, and make yourself watch the movie no matter how hard you want to wet yourself!! :)

Re:The DVD... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5594460)

Start the movie!
Start the movie!
Stop the madness!
Start the movie!

Re:The DVD... (1)

ehiris (214677) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594368)

"for the price of two tickets"

Add the heavily overpriced popcorn and sugar water with bubbles and you easily get a better deal by buying it.

Re:The DVD... (1)

bananaape (542919) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594439)

Why would you need two tickets for yourself?

Re:The DVD... (1)

Blimey85 (609949) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594462)

I've had the dvd for a few months... in Japanese of course... which is the way it was meant to be. I've also seen the English version and they are both great. I prefer the Japanese version however due to it being a Japanese film. I think it adds something to it... even if I have to read what they are saying.

I'm glad I'll get to show it to more people, but.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5594146)

does this mean the DVD release will be delayed?

Will DVD sales hurt theater proceeds? (3, Interesting)

wikthemighty (524325) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594148)

I for one am more than happy to see that Spirited Away will be in theaters again, but will the fact that it's coming out on DVD in the states in April hurt ticket sales?

Re:Will DVD sales hurt theater proceeds? (1)

Joe the Lesser (533425) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594185)

Well, the important thing is that people will be seeing the movie either way :P

(Unless you happen to run a theatre...

Should be more like 3000 (4, Insightful)

Kagato (116051) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594151)

There's not a whole lot of kids stuff out now. You've got spring break everywhere. They should release it in 3000 theaters.

The mouse has a love hate relationship with the movie. They want the money it will make, but they don't want it to overshadow the in house animation.

IMAX? (1)

dmuth (14143) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594152)

Yes, but will it be coming to IMAX screens? :-)

What would make me happier... (1)

Altima(BoB) (602987) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594153)

What would make me happier is a European release. Or more specifically an Irish release. Anime is still very niche here (Although seeing The End of Evangelion on the shelves next to other new DVD releases in mainstream stores Virgin in the UK is very encouraging) and according to the IMDB website there isn't even a European release date announced for the Cowboy Bebop movie. I hope I don't sound like some whiney loser, but the only thing that's sustained my anime interest is the fact that I have access to American releases and have a region free player (two actually, including my computer) but many people here have neither. Any way, big releases like this, judging by Princess Monoke's treatment, usually get a nice DVD release here at least, so I am a bit encouraged :)

Re:What would make me happier... (1)

ll1234 (167894) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594284)

The film is making it's way to the UK via Optimum in September or October. The following is a message from Optimum (posting in lynx, sorry if it's all jumbled): Thank you for your emails - I was going to come back to you once we had set a date for the film which will be September or October,
depending on the Oscar situation and the pattern for Finding Nemo.
The release will be around 50 prints, and will take in a mix of
independent and key high st sites, we are thrilled to have the film
and see it as our most important release of this year.
We will be releasing the film in both versions [Japanese and English
dubs] on DVD in 2004.
I will have our publicity department contact you with regard to
accessing the Miyazaki fans in the UK. ---- The source is a March 11, 2003 news item on Nausicaa.net.

Here's the confirmation (5, Informative)

TopShelf (92521) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594159)

Here's the press release [yahoo.com] from Disney...

this just in... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5594167)

France, Germany and Belgium are talking about combining their armed forces.
LOL Talk about a cabal of cowardice! This may lead to the creation of the mightiest force for appeasement and capitulation the world has ever known.
If Bagdad can be reached in less than a week, then Paris would fall in a few hours. Those assholes really know how to provide comedy!
The gutless frogs, krauts and sprouts combining --makes me shake in my boots.
US would crush that alliance like a boot stomps a cockroach.
And to think these spineless cowards were our allies in facing down the Soviet Union scares the hell out of me. Thank God President Reagan defeated the ruskies without the help of those womanly countries.
PEACE OUT as soon as we crush Iraq. Gutless Euro-Trash losers.

Which version though (1)

Telastyn (206146) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594169)

Dubbed or subbed? The subbed version was only out at a few 'artsy' theatres in the area.

Re:Which version though (1)

ll1234 (167894) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594372)

Dubbed. The subtitled prints might worm their way back into the system, but probably only at art-house screens. After all, "Spirited Away" won the Oscar, not "Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi".

Finally (1)

devnull17 (592326) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594171)

Finally. I was hoping to see this done with Mononoke Hime, but at least its successor will get the treatment it deserves in the States. Personally, I found the subtitled version to be far superior to the dub (Sen's voice is the traditional whiny American dub little girl that doesn't much help the perception of even the best anime as Saturday morning cartoon fodder), but the movie, all in all, was amazing. One successful U.S. release will pave the way to a lot more movies going mainstream.

Re:Finally (1)

orulz (98036) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594335)

Actually Sen / Chihiro's voice was whiny in the Japanese version, too. Both of them kinda grated on me. But she is a pretty whiny girl, after all, so I thought the english version was a relatively faithful reproduction.

How will it do? Who cares? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5594173)

It's coming from the heart of the Evil Empire itself, namely Disney. I couldn't care less about giving those illegitimi my hard-earned money.

Regarding April Fools 2003 (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5594189)

Have you trolls got anything lined up for it? Just curious.

Re:Regarding April Fools 2003 (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5594459)

Yes, how about a troll where the entire Slashdot staff dies in a twisted, bizarre homosexual orgy with autoerotic asphyxiation involved somehow?

How is the dubbing? (1)

truesaer (135079) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594190)

So I've heard this version is dubbed from the original. I've only seen a subtitled version of the original, and I wonder what people thought of the dubbed version. Japanese speech is kind of an interesting sound and it fits well with anime, so I just wonder if anything gets lost this way.

If there are good voice actors, it could be great I suppose. I would welcome comments!

Re:How is the dubbing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5594228)

The dubbing is extremely well done. I saw this last fall during its run in Dallas and found no disjointedness or even stylistic issues with the english-dubbed version.

Re:How is the dubbing? (1)

Mononoke (88668) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594488)

I've not seen the subbed version yet (although subbed is my usual preference.)

The dubbed version is very well done. The voice acting is much better than was done on Princess Mononoke. FYI, the lead actress was Davleigh Chase, who was also the lead actress in Lilo&Stitch. She does good work.

International Release? (1)

rf0 (159958) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594197)

Is there any news on an internation release or prehaps a DVD I could import? I've only heard about this on the grape vine but never had a change to even see a clip :(

Rus

Re:International Release? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5594261)

There are pirated region-0 DVD's from China & Southeastern Asia, as well as SVCD ISO's online.

Re:International Release? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5594455)

The film has opened in lots of locations, here's a rundown:
  • Japan - July 20, 2001
  • Hong Kong - December 13, 2001
  • Taiwan, Singapore - December 2001
  • France - April 10, 2002
  • Switzerland - April 10, 2002 (French Version)
  • Korea - June 2002
  • USA - September 20, 2002
  • Canada - September 20, 2002
  • Spain - October 25, 2002
  • Malaysia - November 7, 2002
  • Finland - November 29, 2002
  • Australia - December 12, 2002
  • Portugal - February 28, 2003
  • Norway - February 2003
  • Slovenia - February 13, 2003
  • Switzerland - March 27, 2003 (German Version)
  • Poland - March 30, 2003
  • Belgium - April 2, 2003
  • Italy - April 18, 2003
  • The Netherlands - April 24, 2003
  • Brazil - March/April 2003
  • Germany - June 19, 2003
  • UK - October 2003

From http://www.nausicaa.net/miyazaki/sen/faq.html

Video releases for the film here: http://www.nausicaa.net/miyazaki/video/sen/

Forget this... (2, Funny)

krugdm (322700) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594209)

Further down the page was news that made my day! A live-action Jetsons! Whoopie!

Ugh.

Re:Forget this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5594452)

Ruh Roh Rorge!

*yawn* I will be impressed when Gangs of New York (1)

mattbot 5000 (645961) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594210)

...is ported to anime.

Widest possible audience? (1)

MrCocktail (468886) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594255)

With such a small number of theaters in the first run, isn't it a little disingenuous of Disney to say in their press release, "... it has always been our desire to share this film with the widest possible audience here in the U.S." ? I mean, give us a break! If you're a behemoth like Disney, wouldn't the widest possible audience be basically all theaters in the entire country?

General Rule of Thumb on Dubbing (1)

itistoday (602304) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594265)

It's been my experience that whenever something gets dubbed, it usually degrades it's quality. They should show the movie in subtitles like they did with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The original soundtrack is usually purposefully orchestrated to fit the movie, and when you take a language as foreign as English and dubb it; the quality usually always degrades. I've also heard that they've changed some of the soundtrack around, and if this is true then it will be a MAJOR blow to the movie because as far as I can tell, the original soundtrack is mindblowing.

Has anyone seen both versions and can confirm/deny this?

Re:General Rule of Thumb on Dubbing (1)

Shadwhawk (561728) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594354)

I've seen both versions (fansubbed, dubbed in theater, and the official sub on the R2 DVD, which I own).

The dub was actually quite well done. There are really only a couple places where it differs from the sub, and the only one that stands out in my mind is a single inserted word about a third of the way into the movie (where there's originally silence).

The music is unchanged, as far as I know.

All in all, I think it's a better dub than Mononoke was.

I think advertising is more important than screens (5, Interesting)

sielwolf (246764) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594270)

I think that having more theaters is nice... but they need to sell the movie first... to some audience. The Oscar is nice and all but I doubt there will be too much a correlation between it and increased sales unless it had won for Best Picture.

But the more important problem is the audience. Who is this for? Under 13? Teenagers? Adults? Are they going to show commercials during Saturday mornings between Pokemon and Digimon? Or is this after-school fare?

I still think the biggest problem is that Disney doesn't know what to do with these films. They don't fit into their standard G rating pipeline so the films end up showing on 100 screens and getting attended to by the film heads only. Too bad.

Re:I think advertising is more important than scre (1)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594353)

You could run commercials during the McNeil-Lehrer report and 60 minutes and no adults are going to go and see it.

It has nothing to do with 'ignorance of the masses'.

They understand it's a "growed up" cartoon.

They simply aren't interested in seeing it.

And that's that.

Few people share your tastes in cinema, and I don't see why you or anyone else cares.

Watch your cartoons and quit preaching.

Re:I think advertising is more important than scre (1)

Mononoke (88668) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594395)

They simply aren't interested in seeing it.
Not really any other way to say this: You are wrong.

Sorry.

Re:I think advertising is more important than scre (1)

bludstone (103539) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594379)

You could just go ask the director (miyazaki) who, upon being told he won an oscar said he was more interested in capturing the hearts of children than Hollywood's highest honor.

Does that answer your question?

Re:I think advertising is more important than scre (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5594466)

forgot to provide a link. http://mdn.mainichi.co.jp/photojournal/05.html

Re:I think advertising is more important than scre (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5594478)

But the more important problem is the audience. Who is this for? Under 13? Teenagers? Adults?

As one who has seen this marvelous film, the short answer is: YES!

I am angry at the name BECK (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5594278)

There are too many of em and stuff

Come on Disney (1)

szquirrel (140575) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594285)

800 theaters is a joke. They spend insane millions making and marketing the craptastic Treasure Planet, they release it in 4x as many theaters, and it tanks. And now Spirited Away earns the highest American movie award, in addition to mountains of international acclaim, and their answer is 800 theaters?

What the fuck, Eisner? Do you need me to draw you a diagram?

Re:Come on Disney (1)

bludstone (103539) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594406)

Uh.

How about the time it takes to CREATE all those prints and distribute them to the theaters.

Give it time. The run will expand based upon the success of the 800, and those 800 WILL be succesful.

Officially Announced (1)

MagikSlinger (259969) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594316)

Here at [japantimes.co.jp]
The Japan Times

They plan to rerelease Pokemon (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5594319)

Yay anime.

How
fucking
effeminate.

Next time I see one of you greasy linux fuckers crammed into a T-shirt that was obviously made for an 8 year old japanese girl, I'm going to, well, point and laugh like everyone else I guess.

How did Mononoke do? (2, Interesting)

Snowspinner (627098) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594331)

Does anyone have any figures for how Princess Mononoke did? I imagine that it would be the best indicator for what this will do.

I know Mononoke's theatrical release was lackluster, but that's largely because there were only 8 prints of the movie, and so it slowly wound its way through the country instead of having a real "release" per se. But how were the sales/rentals on the Mononoke DVD?

Re:How did Mononoke do? (1)

ll1234 (167894) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594417)

Uh, no. It _started_ at 8 screens, but expanded to ~130 at its peak. Check it out: http://www.nausicaa.net/miyazaki/mh/boxoffice.html -- Figures for the video/DVD are hard/impossible to obtain.

i hope its not a US effect only (1)

SpiritC (163392) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594334)

in portugal atm theres 8 cinemas with the movie :/
in the capital lisbon the peak was 3 cinemas but now its down to 1.

Plot Synopsis... (1)

Fritz Benwalla (539483) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594343)


As sent via IM from one of my friends:

SPUNKYMORT: the movies plot is that all the japanese god's go to this hidden island for vacations
SPUNKYMORT: and this girl winds up there
SPUNKYMORT: but this horrid big headed woman takes your name and you're her slave
SPUNKYMORT: and now the girl has to work there
SPUNKYMORT: but there's this black ghost thing that follows her around'
SPUNKYMORT: and he seems friendly at first
SPUNKYMORT: but then he starts eating everybody
SPUNKYMORT: the girls parents eat this food and turn into pigs
SPUNKYMORT: she works with a guy with 8 arms
SPUNKYMORT: the black ghost spits out gold for everybody
SPUNKYMORT: and then everybody flocks to him
SPUNKYMORT: then he eats everyone and becomes really big
SPUNKYMORT: but then he pukes them all out
SPUNKYMORT: oh and the big headed witch has a good twin sister
SPUNKYMORT: that helps them turn her friend from a dragon into a little boy
SPUNKYMORT: and the big headed witch has a GIANT baby that gets turned into a mouse
SPUNKYMORT: but the big headed witch...the evil one only cares that the giant baby doesn't cry
SPUNKYMORT: because the giant baby starts destroying everything like an infant would
SPUNKYMORT: oh and there's these little black things that look like lint balls that carry REALLY heavily dense pieces of coal to the fire and you feed them candy stars and that makes them really happy

--------

I'm sorry.... (0, Flamebait)

Yoquimbo (630375) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594392)

...Actually I'm not at all. Japanese nerd-types (Not ethnically Japanese, but those wannabes) have always bothered me on some level... They're the type that clog the newsstand/newspaper store drooling over the Warhammer 32832AD miniatures. It's just aggravating and annoying to me to hear someone going *overly salivatory voice* "I could get a chaos marines with real jetpack bomber infrared scope grenade launchers for $40, or I could just get the Cockatrice pewter miniature, unassembled for $20. I just can't decide, they're all soooo good..."

http://maddox.xmission.com/anime_nerd.html

Maddox says it all...

Troll Request (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5594396)

The Night Defender for Eugenia
thx

Dead U.S. Soldiers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5594409)

The Aljazeera videos of the dead U.S. soldiers and POWs are up at http://fuckthat.org [fuckthat.org] .

dub vs. sub (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5594419)

I am almost always in favor of seeing a foreign film subtitled rather than dubbed. But I make an exception for anime for two reasons:

The first is that there are very often small details in the image that I miss if I'm distracted by subtitles. This is especially true with Miyazaki, I think.

The second is that it's much harder to follow a language like Japanese if you don't have a background in it. I grew up speaking English and studied some French. So it's easy to follow films in French, Spanish and Italian without having to read every last word. Japanese is so different that I don't get anything at all from hearing it. So I have to read the movie instead of watching it.

I haven't seen the subtitled version of Spirited Away, but I had both problems with Metropolis [imdb.com] .

By the way, Spirited Away is amazing. If you can, catch it in a theater with a digital projector.

/. -- news that matters (-1, Troll)

fragged one (632414) | more than 10 years ago | (#5594447)

How the fuck do you even begin to say that this is news that matters? Not only that, it's FUCKING DISNEY for Christ's sake.

Damn, are you reading Boy's Life over there or what?

Re:/. -- news that matters (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5594476)

Damn, are you reading Boy's Life over there or what?

I'm reading Highlights, you insensitive clod!
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