News Ghiblies 2 Director Momose Working on New Ghibli Work
posted on 2008-08-09 18:52 EDT by Egan Loo
The August 2 entry in Studio Ghibli's "Itsumo no Ghibli Nikki" blog revealed that Yoshiyuki Momose, the director and writer of the Ghiblies episode 2 short, is working on a new project at the studio. The blog says that details of the project are "still secret." The blog also says that since not many shots have been done so far, there is not much in way of a set time frame for the project.
Momose first received notice as an animation director on Nippon Animation's The Perrine Story adaptation (1978) of Hector Malot's En Famille novel. He was recruited into Studio Ghibli to work on layout and other duties for Grave of the Fireflies (1988), the first Ghibli film by studio co-founder Isao Takahata. He has since worked on Only Yesterday, Porco Rosso, Pom Poko, Princess Mononoke, Whisper of the Heart, My Neighbors the Yamadas, and Spirited Away. Momose is also known for directing a trilogy of fanciful science fiction shorts: Portable Kuukou, Space Station No. 9, and Sora Tobu Toshi Keikaku.
With the Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea film from Oscar-winning director Hayao Miyazaki playing all across Japan, Studio Ghibli has already revealed that it is working on at least four other projects. Takahata is basing his next film on a Japanese lullaby. Goro Miyazaki, Hayao Miyazaki's son and the first Ghibli Museum curator, is also developing a film after his first directorial work, Tales from Earthsea. Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki said in June that Miyazaki is planning anime shorts for the Ghibli Museum, and the director reportedly indicated that a story about sumo-wrestling mice would be good to do. Ghibli is establishing a second studio in central Japan where Miyazaki can train about 20 new animators to make a museum short. Ghibli president Koji Hoshino said last month that Ghibli will promote one of its own animators to direct a film or recruit a director from outside the studio.