Tales from Earthsea (movie)
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Hayao Miyazaki wanted to direct the film but was busy filming Howl's Moving Castle at the time. Producer Toshio Suzuki choose Goro Miyazaki to direct since he was impressed by Goro's talent of making decisions quickly and properly while working in the Ghibli Museum, and his ability to draw pictures. Hayao was against Goro directing and production was very tense.
Hayao Miyazaki first wrote author Ursula K. Le Guin about adapting her book into a film. LeGuin at the time was unfamiliar with Miyazaki's work and associated animation to be similar to Disney animation and turned the offer down. After she saw My Neighbor Totoro she loved it and decided to allow the movie to be made.
Despite the movie being property of Japan's Studio Ghibli, it marks the first Disney (produced or distributed) animated film to receive a PG-13 rating.
Ursula K. Le Guin was disappointed in the final adaptation of her book.
Goro Miyazaki was 39 at the start of production the same age his father Hayao Miyazaki at the time of his first film.
The first Studio Ghibli film since Princess Mononoke to be rated PG-13 in the USA.
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