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The Films of Studio Ghibli Festival

When: Tue., Oct. 2 2012

Fans and non-fans of anime alike will find wonders at the Carolina Theatre's festival of films from Studio Ghibli and director Hayao Miyazaki. Spanning from the 1980s to the present, these animated features are both action-packed and leisurely, fantastic and down-to-earth, and equally appealing to young and old. There's not a loser in the 35mm collection, but newcomers to Miyazaki's work should check out Castle in the Sky, an adventurous tale involving pirates and a memorable robot in a floating city created by a mysterious ancient civilization, or perhaps My Neighbor Totoro, the gentle story of two little girls who discover the amazing creatures living around their rural house. (Anyone who's ever taken a C.A.T. bus will get a kick out of the film's literal cat bus.)

For advanced studies, try some of the more recent films in the series, such as Howl's Moving Castle or Spirited Away, with their plucky-but-realistic heroines wandering through supernatural landscapes, or the darker, slightly more challenging fare such as Princess Mononoke and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, which most explicitly deal with Miyazaki's recurring themes of the balance between humanity and the environment, and between natural and spiritual worlds. The festival runs through Nov. 8. —Zack Smith

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