DVD Giveaway: “From Up on Poppy Hill” by Miyazaki

From Up on Poppy Hill
Film by Hayao Miyazaki

We have three copies to give away! Find out how to enter for a chance to win your own copy and host a family movie night at home!

Did you miss the screenings of the new Miyazaki film, From up on Poppy Hill,  at Amherst Cinema this spring and Images Cinema in Wiliamstown this summer?  The film is coming out on DVD in September 2013 and Hilltown Families has  copies to give away right now!  Enter for a chance to win and make plans for a fun family movie night at home! Details on how to enter for a chance to win are below.

Written by legendary studio founder Hayao Miyazaki and directed by Goro Miyazaki, From up on Poppy Hill marks the first feature-length collaboration between father and son. Hayao Miyazaki holds a special place in the hearts of lovers of animated films – his hand-drawn animations combine realistic-looking landscapes with expressive imaginary creatures and human characters whose movements have an almost balletic quality to them.  Miyzaki is the creator of classic films such as Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and the more recently, From Up on Poppy Hill, and his films have become legendary amongst film lovers both Japanese and American.

The dazzling, hand-drawn From Up on Poppy Hill is set in Yokohama in 1963. Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the Olympics. The mood is one of both optimism and conflict as the young generation struggles to throw off the shackles of a troubled past. Against this backdrop of hope and change, a friendship begins to blossom between high school students – but a buried secret from their past emerges to cast a shadow on the future and pull them apart. From a screenplay by Academy Award-winner Hayao Miyazaki, the English language version is directed by multiple Academy Award-winner Gary Rydstrom from a script adaptation by Karey Kirkpatrick (James and the Giant Peach, Chicken Run, Charlotte’s Web) and features an all-star English voice cast.

Called “breathtaking!” and “a beautifully artful, wistfully nostalgic coming of age romance!”, From Up on Poppy Hill embodies a specific time and place, poignantly capturing the emotional landscape of its setting. Replete with a sense of yearning and possibility, the transportive power of the film evokes both a wide-eyed hope for the future, and an aching nostalgia for a past that can never be recovered.


We want your parenting questions to feature on our Facebook page!  Ever wonder how other parents are handling different challenges? Maybe you’re wondering about the benefits of cloth diapers or when the next college fair takes place?  How to handle tempter tantrums or teens with attitudes… Post your question for a possible feature on the Hilltown Families Facebook for our readers to answer and/or offer feedback… and be entered a DVD 2-pack of Studio Ghibli’s From Up on Poppy Hill, written by Hayao Miyazaki and directed by Goro Miyazaki, for a family movie night at home! To enter to win simply:

  • POST YOUR QUESTION AS OUTLINED ABOVE in the comment field below (one entry per household) and be sure to tell us your
  • FULL NAME (first/last) and where you
  • LIVE (TOWN/STATE) must include your town to be eligible.
  • ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address).
  • CONSIDER SHARING THIS TICKET PROMOTION WITH YOUR FRIENDS ON FACEBOOK TOO by selecting the Facebook icon below (and if they win maybe they’ll take you with them!).
  • We’ll randomly draw two winners and will share the results below.

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Tuesday, 09/10/13 by 11:59pm (EST).

What an extra chance to win? Check our eNewsletter for details on another opportunity to win this new release… participate in both and double your chances!  Not yet subscribed? Sign up here: Hilltown Families Weekly eNewsletter. It’s free and is delivered to your inbox every Thursday!

15 Comments on “DVD Giveaway: “From Up on Poppy Hill” by Miyazaki

  1. Congratulations to Tony(a) Lemos of Ashfield and Tahra May of Cummington! You both have won a DVD 2-pack of Studio Ghibli’s “From Up on Poppy Hill,” and should email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com with your mailing addresses.

    Thank you to everyone who participated and for sharing your questions. Many have been featured on our Facebook page already!

  2. How much down time, alone time (without organized activity or electronics) is rejuvenative for a preteen ?

    Tony(a) lemos
    Ashfield MA

  3. How do you teach teens and tweens about money and finances?

  4. We would love to play with our 6 month old son all the time, but sometimes we would like to get other things done around the house. What are some good ways (besides watching Miyazaki films) to keep him safely entertained while we get other things done?

    Otter River

  5. How might a deal with a ten year old who seems to be looking for a fight? Sonetimes our son will just contradict everything we say despught our efforts to pleasantly engage in conversation with him. We’re not sure how to aproach this since asking him questions about his responses or using reflective communication only seen to set him off more. Any advice would be appreciated. :)

  6. What’s the right age to start showing kids Miyazaki movies?

    Joshua Wachtel
    Cummington, Massachusetts

  7. What are your favorite lunch/snack ideas for your child’s lunchbox?

  8. How do you prevent the middle child from developing “middle-child syndrome”?

    -Romeoville, Illinois
    -eNewsletter Subscriber

  9. How do other families in the Valley deal with two houses (divorced parents) and the sharing of school information? All those papers, notices and such that arrive home each week from school.

  10. How do I get my 6 month old to sleep in any other place except the family bed?

  11. How do you manage well one on one time with multiple kids?

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