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New project for U.S. version Ghibli personnel/Ponyo Gross Update

William R. : 25 Aug 2008

Jodi Benson ("Lostelle's Mother" in the 2005 Disney dub of "Nausicaa") let slip that another former U.S. Ghibli voice will join her as a voice in the upcoming "Toy Story 3." Also, an update on "Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea"'s box office grosses. Details below...

According to IESB.net, yet another Ghibli-related personality will be involved in the upcoming Disney/Pixar production of "Toy Story 3," set for release June 18, 2010.

During an interview for "The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning," in which she also confirmed that she will return as "Barbie" in TS3, Jodi Benson (the voice of "Lostelle's Mother" in the 2005 Disney dub of "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind") let slip that Michael Keaton (the voice of the title character in the 2003 English dub of "Porco Rosso") will join her as Barbie's boyfriend, "Ken."

Benson and Keaton join other alumni of U.S. releases of Studio Ghibli films in the cast and crew of "Toy Story 3." For the record, here are their names, Ghibli connections and roles in TS3:


John Lassiter
Ghibli Connection: U.S. version executive producer, "Spirited Away" and "Howl's Moving Castle"; also "executive creative consultant," 2003 U.S. version of "Porco Rosso"
TS3 Role: Producer

Jodi Benson
Ghibli Connection: Voice of "Lostelle's Mother," 2005 U.S. version of "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind"
TS3 Role: Voice of "Barbie"

Michael Keaton
Ghibli Connection: Voice of title character, 2003 U.S. version of "Porco Rosso"
TS3 Role: Voice of "Ken"

John Ratzenberger
Ghibli Connection: Voice of "Assistant Manager" (Ao-gaeru). U.S. version of "Spirited Away"
TS3 Role: Voice of "Hamm"


On another subject, Toho Company, Ltd. announced that on August 18th, "Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea" crossed the 10 billon yen mark at the box office.

"Ponyo" crossed the mark in 31 days, slower than "Spirited Away" (which accomplished the feat in 25 days), but quicker than "Howls Moving Castle" (33 days) and "Princess Mononoke" (43 days).