6 Facts About 'Tales From Earthsea'

'Tales From Earthsea' is loosely based on a combination of plots and characters from the first, third, and fourth books of the Earthsea series: A Wizard of Earthsea, The Farthest Shore, and Tehanu, all written by Ursula K. Le Guin. Here are 6 facts about it!

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1. The Film's Original Name Is 'Gedo Senki' (ゲド戦記), Loosely Ged's War Chronicles

Tales from Earthsea (ゲド戦記, Gedo Senki, loosely Ged's War Chronicles) is a feature anime film from Studio Ghibli, released in Japan on July 29, 2006, and to the rest of the world soon afterwards. 

2. The Film Is Directed by First-Time-Director Goro Miyazaki, Son of Hayao Miyazaki

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3. The Movie Is A Combination Of Three Books

The movie is loosely based on a combination of plots and characters from the first, third, and fourth books of the Earthsea series: A Wizard of Earthsea, The Farthest Shore, and Tehanu, all written by Ursula K. Le Guin

4. A Manga Adaption Of The Film Has Been Published In Japan.

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5. This Feature Film Is The First Anime Film Adaptation Of Any Part Of The Earthsea Series.

In the past, numerous directors have attempted to adapt the Earthsea cycle for film only to be refused by the author herself. Hayao Miyazaki had desired to create an anime version of the cycle, before he made Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. In 2003, after winning an Oscar for his film Spirited Away, he received approval but was busy directing Howl's Moving Castle. On behalf of Studio Ghibli, his son Gorō Miyazaki took charge of this film adaptation.

6. Ursula K. LeGuin, The Author Of The Earthsea Series, Gave A Mixed Response To The Film.

LeGuin commended the visual animation in the film but complained that the plot and the content had been changed drastically. She also praised certain depictions of nature in the film, but felt that the production values of the film were not as high as previous works directed by Hayao Miyazaki, and that the film's excitement was focused too much around scenes of violence. Her initial response to Goro Miyazaki was, "It is not my book. It is your movie. It is a good movie."However, she was unhappy that the comment was disclosed on the movie's public blog.


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