First Grave of the Fireflies gets spun off into two live-action movies. Now Isao Takahata's Omohide Poro Poro has been turned into a stage musical in Japan. Uh....yeah. Cueing up Troy McClure: "I hate every ape I see, from chim-pan-a to chim-pan-z..."*
It's interesting to see that people are finally making due on that old threat against Takahata's films: "These might as well be live-action!" Unfortunately, when Grave of the Fireflies was filmed with live actors, the results were terrible. Paku-san's belief that animation is the stronger medium was vindicated. Will it be vindicated again with this stage adaptation? It's a fun experiment, if nothing else.
Thanks to The Studio Ghibli Weblog (from Spain) for the news tip.
(*Note: Hey, since I brought up the Troy McClure "Planet of the Apes" spoof, doesn't that song steal a melody from the Castle in the Sky theme? "Oh, no, I was wrong, it was Earth all along..." That part.)