It outsold Miyazaki's war movie ten times over from what I understand. It's rather funny to watch the documentary where both he and his adjutant are bitching about Takahata or going on about how the movie has to be anti-war because of the nationalist sentiment in Japan growing stronger. Incredibly obvious that their political sentiments screwed them over in hindsight.
>>119940934 >for the sake of "art" How did you come to this conclusion? Purely for entertainment, commercial projects also get delays and go through production hoops, you know. Once you're in, it's hard to dial back, especially if you already have a full team committed.
That said, this film is art and special and you probably don't understand why because you're an utter pleb.
>>119941473 That was not Kaguya, everyone knew Kaguya would bomb even before starting production
It was the fact that Marnie, the film made by the "succesor" director at Ghibli, bombed. Showing that there isn't any interest in anything not made by Miyazaki. Since Miyazaki retired, they just didn't give a new project to any new young guy at Ghibli and shut down their animation department since they won't be producing anything for a while.
>>119941747 Takahata is an elder at the studio. He's Miyazaki's mentor and a co-founder of Ghibli. Of course they'll let him make the movie he wants regardless of commercial implications.
Even then though, in the 80s and 90s he made much more movies. He made a film in '91, in '94, and in '99, and then didn't do anything for 15 years. People speculate that there was some apprehension after his '99 Yamadas bombed super hard, but it could also just be the guy getting old and his already slow approach to production getting even slower.
Kaguya was likely Takahata's last film and that was what they had the money for, anyway. Marnie was the true test to see if the Ghibli model of feature films could keep going with new directors (i.e. without Miyazaki). Since it failed, they decided not to embark on any new project for the time being (which doesn't mean they "closed the studio", they just released the animators since there will be nothing to animate for probably more than a year or two).
>>119941473 While Kaguyahime's extended production period might have contributed to the decision to put the animation department on freeze, it really has more to do with Miyazaki's retirement and the failure of When Marnie Was There.
>>119939320 >The Wind Rises >The film grossed ¥11.6 billion (US$113 million) at the Japanese box office, becoming the highest grossing film in Japan in 2013. >The Tale of Princess Kaguya >By January 5, 2014, the film had grossed ¥2,014,535,721 (US$19,345,586) at the Japanese box office. By January 19, it had grossed ¥2.21 billion (US$21.19 million). By February 2, the film had grossed ¥2,313,602,733 (US$22,613,153) at the Japanese box office. It was a flop.
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