Ponyo DVD + Plush Gift Set Comng March 2010
Ponyo US producer Frank Marshall discussed the upcoming Ponyo DVD and Blu-Ray on his Twitter page. He confirms again that the release has been pushed back, from December 8 to next March. It's unfortunate, yes...but look at what we're getting!
The Ponyo DVD will be packaged with a plush Ponyo as a gift set. This really looks terrific, and marks the first time any Ghibli merchandise was made available in the US. Hayao Miyazaki has always been very strict on this matter, refusing to grant merchandising rights to Disney.
I have no idea if this means Ghibli and Disney have come to a new arrangement. I remember that My Neighbor Totoro is expected to be reissued on DVD soon...a stuffed Totoro or Cat Bus would be terrific. It would also sell like hotcakes, and be a great boon for Ghibli in the States. It's all about Merchandising! Merchandising! in the movie business.
Frank Marshall suggests that Blu-Ray Ponyo could be packaged with a plush if the DVD gift set proves successful. I'm sure we'll all be crossing our fingers.
The American Ponyo and BD will also include a "World of Ghibli" feature, which I'm guessing is one of those standard retrospectives on the studio. If the edited documentary on the Nausicaa DVD is any indication, then I'd expect Disney to blot out any mention of movies not being released on their label. But I would hope that all of Ghibli's films would be mentioned and respected.