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Ponyo: film to close L.A. Film Fest + Miyazaki at Comic-Con confirmed

Johnny : 27 Jun 2009

Susan King's article in the Los Angeles Times takes a look at how Walt Disney Pictures is trying to maximize Ponyo's mainstream appeal in the U.S. following limited success with Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle.

Among background and quotes from producer Frank Marshall are two tidbits of note:

- The film, set to open in the U.S. on August 14, will hold a special screening this Sunday night (June 28) to conclude the currently ongoing Los Angeles Film Festival.
- Within the article is also confirmation that director Hayao Miyazaki will make an appearance at the 40th annual Comic-Con to promote the film. Rumors and speculation had been swirling for a couple of weeks that Miyazaki would show up at the convention, taking place in San Diego on July 22-26.