Now Go: On Grief and Studio Ghibli

In Now Go: On Grief and Studio Ghibli, author Karl Thomas Smith combs through the characters and animations of the Studio Ghibli universe to uncover how grief underpins the joyful, comforting films. The 13th issue in independent publisher 404 Ink’s pocket-sized books series, Inklings, the book of essays explores how Studio Ghibli navigates grief (be it small, personal or environmental) and how this depiction reflects …

Sampa The Great feat. Angélique Kidjo: Let Me Be Great

Zambian artist Sampa The Great released her second album, As Above, So Below, last month and from it comes “Let Me Be Great” featuring the legendary Angélique Kidjo. Today, which happens to be Zambian Independence Day, the duo share the track’s music video directed by Pussy Krew. The animated, hyperreal CGI work shape-shifts between scenes, playing with motion, color and texture. The kaleidoscopic Afrofuturist aesthetic …

It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Filled with songs from composer and musician Vince Guaraldi, the soundtrack for It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966) is an essential for fans of jazz, Halloween and Peanuts animated specials. Featuring “The Great Pumpkin Waltz” and “Linus and Lucy,” this orange-hued and pumpkin-shaped vinyl is over-flowing with kitsch and nostalgia.