Goro Miyazaki being the son of anime legend Hayao Miyazaki, director of such beloved and award-winning anime as Spirited Away and Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind. What has Goro Miyazaki directed? An anime movie called Tales of Earthsea, based on the Ursula K. LeGuin books, a movie which his father referred to as “a giant pile of shit” (I’m paraphrasing, but he didn’t like it). Now Disney finally has the rights to distribute it in America — the Syfy channel had the Earthsea rights locked up for a bit in North America, hence the wait — but they’re just dumping it out with no publicity whatsoever. How little, you ask? So little that apparently this English language trailer has been available on YouTube for over year, and no one noticed until it went on Apple recently. That’s harsh, man. Although watching the trailer, I can kind of see why — it looks boring as hell. Aren’t all the exciting bits supposed to be used in the trailer? If so, there’s maybe 20 seconds of action in this feature-length movie. I know the Earthsea books aren’t exactly Starship Troopers, but man. Thanks to Gleeman for the tip.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.