Disney sent Major Spoilers the latest trailer for Studio Ghibli’s Tales from Earthsea that opens August 12, 2010 in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Honolulu.

From famed Japanese animators Studio Ghibli comes “Tales from Earthsea,” a sweeping adventure set in a mythical world filled with magic and bewitchment. An epic tale of redemption and self-discovery, the story follows the journey of Lord Archmage Sparrowhawk (voice of Timothy Dalton), the master wizard, as he searches for the force behind a mysterious disturbance that has caused an imbalance in the land of Earthsea—suddenly crops and livestock are dwindling, dragons have reappeared and humanity is giving way to chaos. Along the way he rescues Arren (voice of Matt Levin), a troubled young prince who has fled his home and is being pursued by an enigmatic shadow. Arren joins Sparrowhawk on the quest and, moving closer to their intertwined destinies, they cross paths with Tenar (voice of Mariska Hargitay), a former priestess, and her disfigured adopted daughter, Therru. With Sparrowhawk’s magical powers dissipating, all of them must band together to defeat the evil Cob (voice of Willem Dafoe) and his henchman Hare (voice of Cheech Marin) before Cob’s mania to find immortality destroys Earthsea.

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  1. Jonathan Cadotte on

    Wow, according to the little pitch, this movie is going to have bits a pieces of all the books, I wonder if that’s going to be a good move or a bad move. I suppose it’ll be good for the fans of this series, because it’ll give us opportunities to go, “Oh, oh, oh, look I remember that, I can’t believe they added that.” But bad for newcomers, since it won’t be the same story as the books, so if newcomers decide to read the books afterwards, they may be lost.

    Anyways, however this movie turns out, I better see some dude’s bone marrow be turned to molten lead.

  2. Goddamn, Studio Ghibli! Why are you doing this? I love your work, but do you have to do the exact same crappy thing the Earthsea live action movie did and white wash your protagonist? There ARE other white people in the Earthsea ‘verse, you know. It’s not like you have to cast the entire film (heaven forbid oh my!)with people of colour. Ursula K. LeGuin has specifically stated her dislike for the tv version turning Ged into a white guy and ignoring the whole “wizard celibacy” angle, and now you go and do the same thing? Lame.

  3. I think it bears saying that this is Goro Myisaki and not Hayao Myisaki his father.
    Still, digging the Ghilbli vibe that comes off in the trailer.


  4. This film is okay, but I am surprised it is only just being released in the USA, I saw it here in the UK three years ago. Better than the TV movie that was made but not Studio Ghibli’s best.

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