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Kiki and Totoro bring in the crowds

Miyazaki at the Modern: Masterpieces of Animation

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The Lone Star Film Society and Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth hit a home run with the Miyazaki at the Modern: Masterpieces of Animation series. It has been very successful. Although Ghibli films have a large fan base, much work has gone into the programming for this series. There were two films being screened today, Kiki's Delivery Service and My Neighbor Totoro most in attendance stayed for both screenings.

Leslie in full "Sailor Moon" costume.
D. Aguilera
Miyazaki history intrigues fans
D. Aguilera

The lectures by Dr. Gossin and Dr. Hairston have been fun and informative. Their knowledge of Miyazaki history is impressive. It is no wonder their academic classes at UTD are filled to capacity.

So far each of the Ghibli films have been very well attended. Although the majority in attendance were Miyazaki fans, there was a surprising large number of people who had never seen “My Nieghbor, Totoro”.

The variety of traditional Japanese snacks have been a special treat. Several related activities have taken place in conjunction with the screenings. Included in your movie ticket price today was a special tours showing the correlation between Miyazaki’s techniques and art and architecture in the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Face painting by “Kiki” was available in the lobby between the two film screenings today. A backdrop depicting one of the well-known sceneries from the Totoro film was also available for “selfies”.

Fans of all ages were in full manga or anime costume while others wore their Totoro t-shirts. The Totoro plush toys could be seen flying off the shelves at the Modern Shop today in anticipation of the film screening. In addition to the plush toys, there were tote bags, coin purses, t-shirts and more. These items are a commonplace in Japan but are not usually available for purchase at retail stores here in the United States.

There are three more Ghibli film screenings already scheduled for this month. Advance tickets may be purchased at http://lonestarfilmsociety.com/ or by calling the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth at (817) 738-9215. You may also purchase tickets two hour prior to show time, if any are still available.

Even if you are not a manga or anime film you should make plans to attend one of these film screenings. The plot and animation techniques may surprise you.

  • Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
  • 3200 Darnell Street
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Fort Worth, TX 76107