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Old March 7 2013, 08:04 PM   #1
jefferiestubes8
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'Princess Mononoke' (1997) film /& 2013 stage play

The fantasy Japanese fantasy adventure animation film "Princess Mononoke" (1997) is mostly hand-drawn, but incorporates some use of computer animation during 5 minutes of footage throughout the film.

Before 1999 USA release it had already made history as the top-grossing domestic feature ever released in Japan.

"Princess Mononoke" was acquired by Miramax [owned by Disney] for U.S. distribution and the contract specified that Disney could not make any changes to the film other than dubbing it. The script was rewritten by Neil Gaiman, to make its Japanese dialogue comprehensible to an English-speaking audience.
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dubbed into English with vocal cast including Gillian Anderson, Billy Crudup (as Ashitaka), Claire Danes (as San), Minnie Driver (as Lady Eboshi), Billy Bob Thornton, and Jada Pinkett Smith.
The NY Post called it "The Star Wars of Animated features".
It had a 2000 DVD release in North America.

I haven't seen the film as I'm not into Anime but it looks like a Disney franchise outside of the film itself.

Now it will have a limited one-week run stage adaptation in London and Tokyo next month using large puppets. See the link for still photos and their video from Kickstarter campaign. While it is unannounced I can totally see Disney making a Lion-King-style Broadway stage adaptation in early 2015 and releasing the film on Blu-ray in 2014 months before as a tie-in. Claire Danes being in Homeland now would be a major name for marketing reasons of the Blu-ray as well as the unofficially announced The X-Files TV series remastered on Blu-ray release we should expect its first season release in the next 12 months that Gillian Anderson was in.
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