With founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata having retired from making feature films, Studio Ghibli, the revered animation film studio based in Japan, is searching for new ways to move forward and innovate. The studio has turned to a unique project (its first external co-production) helmed by Netherlands-born, London-based animator Michael Dudok de Wit, set to premiere later this week at Cannes Film Festival. The Red Turtle, which sees its trailer released today, looks to be somewhat like a (near) silent, Studio Ghibli version of Tom Hanks’s Castaway – minus Wilson and FedEx. Time will tell how well de Wit’s effort fits in with the emotional landscape of Studio Ghibli’s production history, but this first glimpse certainly hints at something similarly grandiose and mystifying.
- Words: James Schofield