Poster - Tales From Earthsea; Very Limited US Theatrical Run
The new US movie poster for Tales From Earthsea is now available, and is revealed to be identical to the Japanese version, only with English-language text. This is an interesting change of pace from Disney, which usually offers a different poster design for the Ghibli films in America. The original Gedo Senki posters were quite excellent, and probably my favorite thing about that movie.
The tagline suggests a difficulty on Disney's part to come up with a proper pitch for Earthsea. Despite this impressive poster, dragons are virtually unseen in the movie. This climactic moment is really only one moment at the end, and from a dramatic point of view, it lacks punch. I'm still not completely sure what Goro Miyazaki was aiming for, apart from his obsessions over his famous father. Perhaps he was only a casual reader of Ursula LeGuin's novels.
In related news, Disney has announced that Tales From Earthsea will be given a very limited release. It will open on August 13 in only five US cities: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Honolulu. There is no word on whether the movie will be expanded to more cities after its opening week; I would be surprised if Minneapolis-St. Paul gets snubbed.
Much of this depends on Disney's strategy, how cautious they will be towards Earthsea, and how willing they will be to promote the film. It's very likely that this movie is being given a token release for contractual reasons, as well as the inevitable Oscar nominations. It's also a given that this movie won't pull in $300 million dollars like the latest Toy Story. Hollywood is a business, after all.
I'd really like to learn more from Disney regarding their plans for Tales From Earthsea. If anyone from Disney or Pixar reads this blog, by all means, please contact me. I'd love to hear from you.