Studio Ghibli has partnered with Dutch animator Michaël Dudok de Wit and German distributor Wild Bunch on their next animated feature called The Red Turtle. A new trailer recently debuted online.
The film is a human survival story about a man stranded on a desert island and an encounter with an unusual turtle that changes his life forever. The film is unique in that it contains no dialogue. It is also Studio Ghibli’s first non-Japanese production.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Michaël Dudok de Wit had been quite content making animated shorts (he won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2000 for his short Father and Daughter), commercials, and children’s books. When Studio Ghibli contacted him in 2006 about collaborating on an animated feature, de Wit was very surprised. de Wit’s hand-drawn style, which is strongly influenced by 17th- and 18th-century Japanese art, was a good match for Studio Ghibli. “They told me my films were very Japanese,” says de Wit, “which for me was a huge compliment.”
So after a decade of negotiation and work, the collaboration has now resulted in The Red Turtle which really looks to be a beautiful and unique film going experience. It will make its debut at the Cannes Film Festival on May 18th. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more about the film’s distribution plans and when we can expect to see it in theaters.
Source: Hollywood Reporter