Miyazaki Prepares Next Animation Classic

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Let's face it: When the director of "Spirited Away," "Princess Mononoke," and a whole bunch of other brilliant pieces of animation announces that he's about to start a new project ... it's pretty exciting news. So here it is...

From Variety: "Hayao Miyazaki has started production on his latest as-yet-untitled toon, according to Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli. Release is skedded for summer 2008 -- four years after the bow of his last feature, 2004's "Howl's Moving Castle," which grossed $170 million in Japan alone.

Studio Ghibli, which has produced every Miyazaki toon since 1985, is releasing only the odd tidbit about the new pic, such as the July excursion of Miyazaki and his main staff to scout locations in Kobe, a port on Japan's Inland Sea, and Miyazaki's use of watercolors for his storyboards -- a departure from his B&W norm."

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