Based loosely on Japanese Fooklore,
PRINCESS MONONOKE is the animated tale of
the war between the encroaching civilization of
man and the beast gods of the forest, which
threatens to unbalance the forces of nature.
"I couldn't be more excited to write this script,"
said Gaiman. "My goal is to remain faithful to the
story while providing a translation that a
non-Japanese audience will be able to follow. To
that end, I've been researching Japanese
Directed by Japan's leading animator, the
acclaimed Hayao Miyazaki, whose Studio Ghibli
has created a string of critically acclaimed,
award-winning animated films, PRINCESS
MONONOKE has been eagerly anticipated
outside of Japan. The only film to break $150
million (US) at the Japanese box office,
PRINCESS MONONOKE even topped "E.T." and
Jurassic Park," the only other films to break $100
million (US) in that country.
Gaiman is the creator/writer of the monthly DC
Comics cult series "Sandman" which has won
numerous honors including the Will Eisner Comic
Industry Award for the Best Writer four years in a
row; the Best Graphic Album - reprint award in
1991, and the best graphic album - New Award in
1993. In addition, at the annual Harvey Awards,
Gaiman was named Best Writer two years in a
row, and "Sandman" was named Best Continuing
Series in 1992. "Sandman" #19 also took the
1991 World Fantasy Award for the best short
story - the first comic book ever to be honored
with a literary award. The Sandman collections
have sold over 750,000 copies in paperback and
hardcover, and Warner Bros. has optioned rights
for a "Sandman" feature films.
note: this article appeared in 1999. Film has been
exhibited in US theaters since then.