Blu Review: From Up On Poppy Hill (2011)
The Canadian DVD release of the Studio Ghibli animation feature From Up On Poppy Hill follows the recent announcement that the studio’s co-founder and established animation director Hayao Miyazaki is in full retirement. His eleventh film The Wind Rises premiered in competition at Venice Film Festival which is currently underway. The news was broken by Studio Ghibli president Koju Hoshino and a formal statement by Hayao Miyazaki is to follow at a press conference in Tokyo next week. Fans worldwide have known the director to be in partial retirement for years, so it won’t come as a surprise as the most recent films have subsequently involved Miyazaki in more senior roles with less and less involvement in the animation progress. Working on the vast amount of the studio’s productions, film industry and animation has never been just a career for the now seventy-two year old Japanese master.