Saturday, April 23, 2011

New Ghibli Museum short film tells of competition between boy and bunny

by Chris MaGee

It was nearly a year ago that we reported on a pair of new films being produced for the Studio Ghibli Museum. Wed dropped the ball on the follow up on this story, we're sad to admit, as the first of these two, titled "Mr. Dough and the Egg Princess" got its premiere at the Museum, located in Mitaka, in November. "Mr. Dough and the Egg Princess" will soon end its run though and on June 4th the second film we reported on last year, "Treasure Hunting" will begin screening for visitors.

Anime News Network has got the details on this new 9-minute short which was overseen by Hayao Miyazaki himself. "Treasure Hunting" turns out to be an adaptation of a picture book by Rieko Nakagawa and Yuriko Yamawaki which tells the story of a boy named Yuji and a bunny named Gikku who compete against each other to see who can keep a stick they found. Like all Studio Ghibli shorts there are no clips of "Treasure Hunting" floating around to share with you, but there is the above promotional still that has come to us courtesy of the Ghibli Museum website. Guess you'll just have to get yourself to Mitaka to get a look at the short film this summer.

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