Miyazaki Plans Museum Anime Shorts After Ponyo
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In a discussion with Toshio Tsuchiya (NTV's executive director of digital content), producer Toshio Suzuki revealed that Studio Ghibli's co-founder Hayao Miyazaki is planning anime shorts for the Ghibli Museum as his next projects. Miyazaki directed more than half of Ghibli's theatrical releases, including Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away. His latest, Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, will open in Japan on July 19.
According to Suzuki, Miyazaki indicated that a story about sumo-wrestling mice would be good to do, a possible reference to a classic Japanese folk tale called Nezumi no Sumō (pictured at right). Miyazaki has already directed Ghibli Museum's "Mei to Konekobasu" short, an unofficial continuation of the 1988 film classic, My Neighbor Totoro.
In a separate development, the studio announced on Thursday that a third "Joe Hisaishi in Budokan" concert has been scheduled on August 5 due to overwhelming demand. Hisaishi has scored every feature film that Miyazaki directed for Studio Ghibli. The first two concerts sold out within half an hour.