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How Do You Bastardize Miyazaki?

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | June 23, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | June 23, 2009 |

I’ve seen a couple of Hayao Miyazaki’s films (Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle), and while I appreciate the genius involved, they’re not really for me. That’s certainly not a judgment — the man’s a goddamn national treasure in Japan, and deserves to be. And I completely dig the politics of his films, even if the medium is a little inaccessible to my tiny, tiny brain.

But it’s awfully weird to see one of Miyazaki’s films framed by the old school Disney logos and the traditional advertising that the studio generally uses for one of its Disney classics. And though I’d previously felt that English voices are suitable for Japanese films, it’s jarring here. The film just doesn’t line up with either the voices or the marketing. All of which is to say: I’m feeling it even less than normal.

The English voices include Matt Damon, Liam Neeson, Betty White, Tina Fey, Cate Blanchett, and (don’t kill the messenger), as the title character, Miley’s little sister, Noah Cyrus. Here’s the trailer for Ponyo. It sure is purty.

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