Don't be surprised, Miss Cookie Queen. Disney/Miramax doesn't usually like to promote any Miyazakis stuff. (their deathwish, really.) Chances are, you won't see any commercials until the last week or so for it's official release in theatres. (according to the people I talked to. It's suppose to be a "nationwide" release. Hopefully, it's not a Mononoke-like "nationwide" release.) And you probably won't see any billboards or ads unless you're in a media-driven/populated area like Los Angeles or Manhattan.
I don't need to say how good it is. Like Miyazaki's stuff, it kicks major kuro-kuro-suke(Totoro's dust bunnies.) a@@.
Yay! Someone finally mentioned it! Totoro (and Kiki's delivery service.) has virtually no plot!!! I think one of things keeps Miyazaki so innovative in his films is that he doesn't really bother and worry with stuff like plot line struction and all the red tape of the American animation process (Has to have this, promote this product, geared to attract this audience, etc.). Miyazaki is one of those artist that doesn't care what he's making as long as it's enjoyable/good.
Krishna, you're Taiwanese? Last I heard, the Miyazaki set in Taiwan doesn't go for too much. 60-80 US dollars, I think. And that spans from Nausicaa to Mononoke. Good buy, I highly recommend it.
Yeah, Miyazaki's villian aren't your average, "I like evil!!!" villians. Like villians in the real world, they're really characters with opposing goals/perspective or they're in a misunderstanding. In most of Miyazaki's films, it's hard to find "the villian". More often then not, there is no villian or the villian becomes a friend. Reference to Only Yesterday, Whispers of the heart (Mimi wo Suwaseba), Kiki's delivery service and I can hear the waves.
As for the comment of hoping Disney doesn't cut anything... did anyone hear what Miyazaki sent to the Disney executives when they were editting Mononoke? A very new and sharp Katana with a note on it that said, "no cuts". I fully believe that Miyazaki would use that if anyone messed with his work.
Oh yeah, in retrospect... after seeing most, if not all of Miyazaki's work, I would have to say that Mononoke is an AVERAGE movie compared to all his other works. For those that have yet see his other stuff, you're in for a treat!
I do have to say, Spirited Away, although not my fave Studio Ghibli film, did completely blow me away. I had to watch it twice, in the same day, one directly after the other. (Okay, so it was two and a half. I had to sleep sometime.)
Oh yeah, Ayaka. I totally agree with you. Some english majors have too long of a stick shoved too high up their... you know. Storylines and plotlines aren't limited to just conflict. Dark Vision once said, and I quote, "I would watch the anime for the character interaction alone!" Yeah, you can make generalizations for some successful storylines, but you really counts is what feel. Do you enjoy what you're watching/writing/listening/drawing? No amount of formula in the world can beat that logic. Good luck on that storyboard. I know what you're going through.
Oh, and... Yay! Catbus!!!!