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Project Ghibli #5: Gauche the Cellist

Original Release: 23rd January 1982 Director(s): Isao Takahata Producer(s): Kôichi Murata Screenwriter(s): Isao Takahata Alternative Title(s): Gōshu the Cellist We’re back after a brief hiatus with a change of pace yet again from Director Isao Takahata. Where before we had the bawdy humour of Chie the Brat, and the childlike innocence of Panda! Go, Panda!, Gauche […]

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#WeekendCoffeeShare: The Kindness of Strangers

If we were having coffee I’d apologise for my sudden absence this past week. You might not have noticed, but I sure did. I haven’t been in the best place mentally for awhile but things came to a head recently. I’m not one to say anything publicly so I just shut down. I didn’t blog […]

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Choosing Friends

My friend Ra is the reason I started blogging again. When I started blogging back in 2005, my posts were sporadic, amateur and without purpose. I was never part of the blogosphere – if such a thing existed back then – and as my first attempt at blogging, ultimately it fizzled out. Literally years went […]

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Project Ghibli #4: Chie The Brat

Original Release: 11th April 1981 Director(s): Isao Takahata Producer(s): Hidenori Taga and Tetsuo Katayama Screenwriter(s): Isao Takahata and Noboru Shiroyama Alternative Title(s): Downtown Story / Jarinko Chie / Kié La Petite Peste Our fourth film by Director Isao Takahata is a bit of a wildcard. Originally released in Japan in 1981 and later in France […]

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Project Ghibli #3: The Castle of Cagliostro

Original Release: 15th December 1979 Director(s): Hayao Miyazaki Producer(s): Tetsuo Katayama Screenwriter(s): Haruya Yamasaki and Hayao Miyazaki Alternative Title(s): Lupin the Third: Castle of Cagliostro This next film on our list is quite a departure from those we’ve already seen. Where The Little Norse Prince gave us a square-jawed hero of the people, and the […]

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#SaturdayScribblers: Madagascar

This is the second week of the ‘coffee stain’ prompts of Dean Kealy’s of #SaturdayScribblers. I’m enjoying this mixed-media approach and looking forward to what comes next🙂 This time we were presented with this coffee stain: I flipped the prompt upside down – hopefully that’s allowed – and tried to include as much of the stain as possible […]

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#ThrowbackThursday: An unexpected reunion

After many years of working, I returned to University in 2007 and moved to London. In my first year I stayed in student accommodation on campus where I enjoyed all the new found freedoms of living away from home. Cooking wasn’t my strong point but I was lucky to be living with a generous group of […]

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Project Ghibli #2: Panda! Go, Panda! and The Rainy-Day Circus

Original Release: 17th December 1972 (Panda! Go, Panda!) and 17th March 1973 (The Rainy-Day Circus) Director(s): Isao Takahata Producer(s): Shunzo Kato Screenwriter(s): Hayao Miyazaki Alternative Title(s): Panda Kopanda (Literally Panda, Baby Panda) / Panda Kopanda and The Rainy-Day Circus After Toei Animation, both Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki joined A Production in 1971 where they were reunited with their […]

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#SaturdayScribblers – Demise of Space Station V

Dean Kealy has upped the challenge this week with a coffee stain rather than a scribble! Here’s my interpretation: Space Station V from 2001: A Space Odyssey suffering a critical explosion! Original coffee stain:   My sketch/line art:

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Project Ghibli #1:The Little Norse Prince

Original Release: 21st July 1968 Director(s): Isao Takahata Producer(s): Hiroshi Okawa Screenwriter(s): Kazuo Fukazawa Alternative Title(s): The Great Adventure of Horus, Prince of the Sun / Little Norse Prince Valiant We start off Project Ghibli with a look, not at the first Studio Ghibli release, but at the directorial debut of one of the studio’s […]

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#SaturdayScribblers: Take A Bow

Something a little different today: I decided to finally have a go at Dean Kealy‘s weekly #SaturdayScribblers challenge to turn a scribble into a drawing. Here is my interpretation of this week’s prompt. I went for a deliberately rough style to hide the fact that my tablet and I don’t get on. Please give a […]

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Introducing: Project Ghibli

It will come as no surprise to those of you who know me to confess that I adore animation. From the 80s cartoons that I watched growing up – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Thundercats, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Count Duckula – and many beloved Disney feature films – The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the […]