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Ghibli Musuem's 'Takara-Sagashi' Anime Short Slated for June

posted on 2011-04-20 23:57 EDT

The Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Japan announced that "Takara-Sagashi" (Treasure Hunting), the next anime film short in its Saturn Theater, will run from June 4 to August 31. The nine-minute short adapts a picture book by Rieko Nakagawa and Yuriko Yamawaki, the author and illustrator of two previous books that inspired Ghibli shorts (Sora Iro no Tane, The Whale Hunt). In the story, a boy named Yūji and a rabbit named Gikku find a stick at the same time, and decide to compete in games to decide who can keep the stick. However, whether it is a foot race, long jump, or sumo wrestling, they always end up in a tie. The museum does not list who the director of the new short is, but Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki planned and oversaw the project.

The current film, Miyazaki's "Pan-Dane to Tamago-Hime" ("Mr. Dough and the Egg Princess"), follows an egg and a newly formed dough creature who live with a miserly old woman. It has been running since last November, and it will end its run on May 22.


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