Miyazaki shorts come to Carnegie Hall for one day only
Studio Ghibli's museum shorts will be shown outside Japan for the first time
by Emily Warren
Date Published: 03/04/2011
Photo courtesy of the Mon Mon the Water Spider. Ghibli Museum website, ghibli-museum.jp
For the Carnegie Hall Citywise JapanNYC Festival, Studio Ghibli is allowing Carnegie Hall to screen two Hayao Miyazaki animated shorts, House Hunting and Mon Mon the Water Spider. The animated films were created for the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo, which is dedicated to the studio's history and hand-drawn animation styles.
All the shorts are created with limited dialogue, similar to Pixar's famous animated shorts. Mon Mon the Water Spider and House Hunting are meant to show different characteristics of Japanese art. In Mon Mon the Water Spider, a water spider falls in love with a water strider, and in House Hunting a young girl goes on an adventure to find a new home. Prior to this screening, these could only be seen at the Mitaka museum, and the Carnegie Hall screening seems to be a one-time event.
The shorts will screen on Saturday, March 26 at New York's Zankel Hall. Tickets for the screenings ($15) went on sale March 1, and can be purchased here.
The festival, JapanNYC is led by famed artistic director, Seiji Ozawa, and seeks to explore modern Japan where "newfound artistic sensibilities continue to transform and revitalize the cultural landscape." The Festival includes classical music, Noh theater, manga, film, butoh dance, and pop art. For more information, visit the JapanNYC's website.