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'Princess Mononoke' Takes To The Stage

By December 10, 2012

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An independent theater company in England, Whole Hog Theatre, has received Studio Ghibli's blessing and raised funding via Kickstarter to put on a stage adaptation of the classic Ghibli anime Princess Mononoke (compare prices).

In fact, the fundraising effort not only met its goal (5,000) but surpassed it (7,962 as of this writing), which means all those involved in producing the show will be receiving a bonus for their work.

Princess Mononoke, one of the first Ghibli / Hayao Miyazaki productions to be released in English, was released in 1997 . Set in Japan's ancient past, it dealt with a young prince who leaves his village to find the cure for a mysterious curse that has afflicted him, and discovers a war raging between the gods of old and an increasingly ambitious human race. The film was showered with acclaim and awards and became the highest-grossing film of its year in Japan (11.3 billion), and is regularly referenced as one of anime's crowning achievements.

Whole Hog Theatre, based in Leamington Spa, plans to mount a production "using giant puppets, physical storytelling and original live music." The company has adapted a number of other properties, such as Dangerous Liaisons, for the stage as well.

Find out more about the project through its Kickstarter page here.

Image: Princess Mononoke, courtesy Pricegrabber.

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