The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness
It’s not often that we as the viewing public get an outside glimpse into a dream factory. The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, while a bit dry at times, is a unique look inside one of the premiere animation houses on the planet.
To the general public it just looks like your average run of the mill office building in an average and unremarkable suburb of Tokyo, but behind the unassuming doors to officea of Studio Ghibli lies a production company that has produced eye popping wonders like Ponyo & Spirited AwayThis documentary gets unprecedented access to the producers, artists and directors that have made happen as they work on their most recent film, The Wind Rises.
The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness is a necessary watch for any fans of the studio’s films, even though it takes us a bit more into their day to day process then their history. Director Mami Sunada gets carte blanche access to the inner workings from storyboarding, voiceovers, casting and even merchandise. Getting to see the entire creative process unfettered is pretty amazing, even in those moments that lull a bit too much. It could benefit from a bit more history and less fly on the wall stuff, but it’s still a must see for film buffs of all kinds. (Dave Voigt)
Monday, September 8th, 5:30 PM, Scotiabank 2
Wednesday, September 10th, TIFF Bell Lightbox 2
Sunday, September 14th, TIFF Bell Lightbox 2