As the founder of Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki has brought fans a slew of notable titles including Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, Castle in the Sky, and Porco Rosso, and, after a full decade away, the filmmaker is back with his latest and final production, The Boy and the Heron. While the film has already celebrated its debut in Japan where it opened earlier this summer, audiences around the world have been waiting for more information about the latest animated production from Studio Ghibli. Thanks to Fandango’s Twitter account, we’re getting our very first set of images from the latest eye-dazzling film.
Fandango has released the first images available in North America of Hayao Miyazaki’s upcoming The Boy and the Heron.
In the shots, we see nothing short of breathtaking in both design and color as the main players of Studio Ghibli’s freshest title take flight across the screen. One photo displays a bird with terrifyingly large teeth, bulging eyes, and a sharp beak, while another dreamy image reveals both a young and old man walking outside under a floating boulder while the breeze blows through their hair and the clouds puff in the distance.
While the film’s Japanese title is a nod to Genzaburō Yoshino’s 1937 novel of the same name, the feature-length adaptation isn’t a retelling at all, having zero connections to the original book.
Another picture from The Boy and the Heron displays a flock of colorful birds taking flight, ranging in colors from red to blue to green and even yellow while the last sees two characters embraced in a hug.
The Boy and the Heron, or How Do You Live? in Japan, didn’t go the traditional marketing route and only dropped the official poster in Japan ahead of the feature’s premiere, but regardless it was a massive success. However, it appears that the studio will be giving Americans more of a taste of what’s to come, tantalizing our eyes with the dreamy visuals ahead of the film’s arrival.
One thing that Studio Ghibli and the folks behind The Boy and the Heron are still keeping under wraps even for its global viewers is the film’s storyline. While the film’s Japanese title is a nod to Genzaburō Yoshino’s 1937 novel of the same name, the feature-length adaptation isn’t a retelling at all, having zero connections to the original book.
Having previously announced his retirement with the 2013 film The Wind Rises, Hayao Miyazaki just couldn’t seem to stay away from creating artful masterpieces, especially when there was an opportunity presented to him like The Boy and the Heron.
This time, he says, is officially the end of his filmmaking days, finally calling it quits after a decades-long career that has brought fans some of their favorite anime projects including Spirited Away and Ponyo.
When Can You See The Boy And The Heron?
As of right now, The Boy and the Heron hasn’t set its North American release date but the feature is set to kick the festivities off at the upcoming 2023 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on September 7, which will not only celebrate its North American debut but will also set the tone as the event’s first film.
The title will be featured alongside a slew of other highly-anticipated productions including Mortiz Mohr’s Boy Kills World, the Nicolas Cage-led A24 film Dream Scenario, and Craig Gillespie’s star-studded comedy-drama, Dumb Money.