Totoro and Grave Of The Fireflies: exclusive cinema poster
To mark the 25th anniversary cinema release of Studio Ghibli's My Neighbor Totoro and Grave Of The Fireflies, here's an exclusive poster...
For sheer emotional impact, the pairing of My Neighbor Totoro and Grave Of The Fireflies stands as one of cinema's ultimate double features. Studio Ghibli's founders, Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, worked on them simultaneously between 1986 and 1988, and this year marks the 25th anniversary of these extraordinary powerful animated films' first release.
The playful My Neighbor Totoro, a hymn to the disappearing beauty of the Japanese countryside, and Grave Of The Fireflies, a harrowing account of the WWII firebombing of Kobe, are both told from the perspective of children, and they're key moments in Ghibli's creative history.
It's difficult to imagine what kind of impact the films must have had on Japanese children at the time, as the idyllic Totoro gave way to the desperately sad Fireflies, or vice versa (cinemas reportedly changed the running order around in 1988), but Studio Canal's new theatrical release of both films will give us a chance to imagine what that must have been like.
Out on the 24th May, the double feature will give some viewers their first chance to see the films on the big screen (particularly Grave Of The Fireflies, which hasn't been shown in a UK cinema before, apparently) - an exciting prospect in itself - and also the opportunity to experience the full impact of a true emotional rollercoaster.
To mark the occasion, here's a look at an exclusive poster from Studio Canal. Appropriately, one half is full of light and cheer, the other with darkness and tension. In typical Ghibli style, they make for a beautiful whole.
...and as a Brucey bonus, here's a promo for Totoro, Fireflies, and the rest of Studio Canal and Film4's Ghibli line-up.
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