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Listmas Part 1 | Ghibliotheque in Japan

It's the end of the year and you know what that means: Lists! We're rounding up our favourite things of 2023. In this first part of a two-part Listmas special, it's a countdown of all the things specifically Japan that didn't get covered in the previous Japan episodes - think bars, food, and any other experiences, Ghibli-related or otherwise.

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  • Jim Capobianco on The Inventor | Interview

    Michael speaks with director Jim Capobianco about his new film, The Inventor, and working in stop-motion for the first time after years working in hand-drawn and CG animation. They also speak about the film's themes of patronage, inspiration and creativity, as well as Jim's amazing work at Disney and Pixar (including his Oscar-nominated work on Ratatouille), and his longstanding relationship with Cartoon Saloon.The Inventor is in UK cinemas now, screening exclusively at Vue Cinemas:
  • Yuzuru Tachikawa on Blue Giant | Interview

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