It's been way too long since the point at which I posted about Goro Miyazaki's From Up On Poppy Hill (or Kokuriko-Zaka Kara) being the next big Studio Ghibli movie, until now that we finally have a trailer we can watch with subtitles. Some folks have already been able to screen the movie (it showed at Toronto Film Festival, Terracotta Far East Festival, and more), but this is the first I personally see of it in terms of animated footage or having more of an idea of the story.
If you happen to be from Australia, you'll see this movie run in theaters from September 13 through 26, lucky ducks! You can thank Madman Entertainment and their Reel Anime 2012 line-up, which by the way also includes The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki (reviewed by Elliot), Berserk: The Egg of the King, and Children Who Chase Lost Voices.
For North America, there will be a run in theaters around March of next year, and Los Angeles (always them, eh?) gets a run early in November so the film could qualify for an Academy Award. Thankfully, ANN also reports we'll be getting a full DVD and Blu-ray release of the film.
Now that we have a trailer and I've read some more about it, I can briefly explain that Poppy Hill takes place in the 1960s and follows a young girl and her friends in saving a building from being wrecked in her town. It's been sentenced to rubble for the Tokyo 1964 Tokyo Olympics, and there seems to be very little of a fantasy element to it. Whether it's a good or a bad thing remains to be seen, but from what I can gather Poppy Hill has been received positively. As you'll see in the trailer, there's also a sad element to the relationship between the main characters, though I think they'll have a good ending.
Check out the trailer (below the cut) and share your thoughts!
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