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Michael Dudok De Wit Is Directing A Feature Co-Produced By Studio Ghibli

French newspaper Le Figaro confirms that Oscar-winning Dutch short filmmaker Michael Dudok de Wit (Father and Daughter, The Monk and the Fish) is directing his first feature film The Red Turtle. Dudok de Wit is long overdue for his shot at helming a feature, and whatever he comes up with, it’s surely guaranteed to be thoughtful, original, and high quality. More intriguingly, Studio Ghibli is co-producing the film, along with French companies Why Not Productions and Wild Bunch.

(Micahel Dudok de Wit photo by M. Hambledon; story via Catsuka)

  • What a wonderful artistic combination Michael Dudok de Wit and Studio Ghibli.

    It will surely be a thoughtful story, beautifully done.

  • Can’t wait to see how good this project will be. Dudok de Wit have wonderful works.

  • The Gee

    This sounds great.

    And, hey, if something like this can come together then more power to it all.
    The Monk and the Fish is a great short. So, I’m hoping this will be wonderful, beautiful and all of those other superlatives that can be thrown Michael Dudok de Wit’s way.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      I really enjoyed Father and Daughter myself.

  • Liam Scanlan

    Hey Amid,
    Did you know that Wild Bunch is Ghibli’s sales agent?
    Just letting you know!

  • Niiiiiice! Great news, I love Michael Dudok de Wit’s work. Agreed, he’s long overdue for a feature.

    • GhaleonQ

      No kidding. Good God, this had better draw an audience.

  • Matt

    The Best News of 2012.
    Can’t wait to see what comes of this combination.

  • wever

    Video does not exist!

    • Chris Sobieniak

      What amuses me is that until now that video was up for the past 6 months.

  • Aymanut

    Video doesn’t work.

    But this is amazing news. One of the most amazing sounding collaborations ever. Father and Daughter is one of the most powerful short films ever.

  • mj

    link please?

  • This is certain to be great, and if it’s anything like his other work it will have excellent use of music. He also did a nice sequence for the pastiche murder mystery T.R.A.N.S.I.T.

  • hellohue

    I remember a while ago Isao Takahata spoke with excitement about having a foreigner direct a film at Ghibli. I honestly thought if anyone it was going to be Michel Ocelot, what with his existing relationship with Takahata (they are mutual admirers and Ghibli release Ocelot’s films on DVD). Dudok de Wit’s style certainly had an affect on Takatahata, as it’s hard imagining My Neighbours the Yamadas looking how it did without his influence.

    I hope the ‘co-produced by Ghibli’ angle is pushed on all fronts. It would be a great chance to get Dudok de Wit’s work to a larger audience and for Ghibli to drift out of its current comfort zone.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      Wouldn’t mind seeing them invite other artists and animators to produce films there too.