Headed off Main Street this weekend for a weekend of fun on the UC Berkeley campus. Sean and I headed up by car on Friday (up I-5) to Berkeley & Emeryville.. (in the Eastbay area of San Francisco Bay area)
We had General Admission tickets reserved for Ponyo on the Cliff (by the Sea) the latest animated film by Hayao Miyazaki.. the writer, animator, director of such classic films as My Neighbor Totoro, Howl's Moving Castle, and Kiki's Delivery Service among many others.. Sean & I have all of his films (that are available that is) and so getting to see a special screening was a wonderful plus.
My ticket for "Ponyo.."
We already had special tickets for the "Conversation with Hayao Miyazaki" at Zellerbach Hall, so seeing the film before the discussion was great (we are also planning to see the special D23 screening of the film at the El Capitan Theatre Monday night).
Ponyo is a magical story of love and courage that little children will love.. (and I do mean LITTLE children). I could be wrong, but I think the audience for this film may be younger than the Totoro set.. still, it's a sweet film with a happy ending of course. =)
As we found out the next evening, Miyazaki says "Happy Endings are a requirement.."
Miyazaki is the 2nd recipient of the "Berkeley Japan Prize" given out by the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of California Berkeley.
This is the 2nd time we were to see Miyazaki in person. We first saw him in San Francisco at a panel with John Lassiter. IMHO, John Lassiter was a much better moderator/interviewer. We also at that time got to see Suzuki (film producer for Miyazaki's films) Suzuki San was there.. but observing from his spot in the audience, like ourselves.