NY Int'l Children's Film Fest to Play Ponyo Excerpts
posted on by Egan Loo
The New York International Children's Film Festival (NYICFF) has announced that it will screen exclusive excerpts from director Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's latest film, Ponyo, at screenings of two of their previous films: Kiki's Delivery Service (Majo no Takkyūbin) and Castle in the Sky (Tenkū no Shiro Laputa). According to NYICFF, these will be the first times that these excerpts have been played in the United States (outside of a studio test screening). Kiki's will play on 35mm film at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday and again on June 14. Castle in the Sky will also play on 35mm at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday and again on June 15.
The story of Ponyo follows an ordinary boy named Sosuke (Frankie Jonas) and his friendship with Ponyo (Noah Cyrus), a goldfish who wishes to be human. The other castmembers include Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Cloris Leachman, Liam Neeson, Lily Tomlin, and Betty White. Walt Disney Pictures will open the film on 800 screens on August 14 after advance screenings in Los Angeles and Berkeley, California. The American Ponyo trailer will premiere during the July 4th weekend.
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