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A First Look Into Studio Ghibli's "The Red Turtle"

The looming retirement of Studio Ghibli's founders results in a stunning new production.

BY Sim Wie Boon | May 17, 2016 | Film & TV

The Red Turtle

The studio behind amazing animated films such as My Neighbour Totoro, Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle, Studio Ghibli is back with what looks like another stellar work, The Red Turtle. Debuting at Cannes Film Festival, the project will the first external co production for the beloved Japanese animation studio as it is partially created in France with Why Not Productions and the Wild Bunch and to be directed by London based animator Michael Dudok de Wit.

When founders, Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata announced that they are done with their filming works for the studio and moving on to newer things, many fans were quick to cast doubt on Studio Ghibli's future. However, with this collaboration between Why Not Productions and the Wild Bunch as well as de Wit, it might just do the trick of keeping the magic alive and fans happy. 

Without any dialogue and from what the trailer shows, The Red Turtle has a Cast Away like story with whimsical creatures, stellar soundtrack and amazing backgrounds true to Ghibli's DNA, while the design seems to be different from the studio's previous works, we're pretty sure Studio Ghibli fans would be satisfied when the film is made available towards the end of the year.