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Studio Ghibli takes a bow at Cannes with an honorary Palme d'Or

2024-05-21 03:02 Last Updated At:21:47

CANNES, France (AP) — Studio Ghibli, the Japanese anime factory of surreal ecological wonders that has for 39 years spirited away moviegoers with tales of Totoros, magical jellyfish and floating castles, was celebrated Monday by the Cannes Film Festival with an honorary Palme d'Or.

In the 22 years that Cannes has been handing out honorary Palmes, the award for Ghibli was the first for anything but an individual filmmaker or actor. (This year's other recipients are George Lucas and Meryl Streep.) Hayao Miyazaki, the 83-year-old animation master who founded Studio Ghibli in 1985 with Isao Takahata and Toshio Suzuki, didn't attend the ceremony, but he spoke in a video message taped in Japan.

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Goro Miyazaki, left, and Kenichi Yoda pose for photographers with the Studio Ghibli honorary Palme d'Or upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'The Apprentice' at the 77th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 20, 2024. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

CANNES, France (AP) — Studio Ghibli, the Japanese anime factory of surreal ecological wonders that has for 39 years spirited away moviegoers with tales of Totoros, magical jellyfish and floating castles, was celebrated Monday by the Cannes Film Festival with an honorary Palme d'Or.

Goro Miyazaki, left, and Kenichi Yoda pose for photographers at the Studio Ghibli honorary Palme d'Or photo call at the 77th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 20, 2024. (Photo by Andreea Alexandru/Invision/AP)

Goro Miyazaki, left, and Kenichi Yoda pose for photographers at the Studio Ghibli honorary Palme d'Or photo call at the 77th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 20, 2024. (Photo by Andreea Alexandru/Invision/AP)

Goro Miyazaki, left, and Kenichi Yoda pose for photographers with the Studio Ghibli honorary Palme d'Or upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'The Apprentice' at the 77th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 20, 2024. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Goro Miyazaki, left, and Kenichi Yoda pose for photographers with the Studio Ghibli honorary Palme d'Or upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'The Apprentice' at the 77th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 20, 2024. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Goro Miyazaki, left, and Kenichi Yoda pose for photographers at the Studio Ghibli honorary Palme d'Or photo call at the 77th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 20, 2024. (Photo by Andreea Alexandru/Invision/AP)

Goro Miyazaki, left, and Kenichi Yoda pose for photographers at the Studio Ghibli honorary Palme d'Or photo call at the 77th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 20, 2024. (Photo by Andreea Alexandru/Invision/AP)

Goro Miyazaki, left, and Kenichi Yoda pose for photographers with the Studio Ghibli honorary Palme d'Or upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'The Apprentice' at the 77th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 20, 2024. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Goro Miyazaki, left, and Kenichi Yoda pose for photographers with the Studio Ghibli honorary Palme d'Or upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'The Apprentice' at the 77th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 20, 2024. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

“I don't understand any of this," said Miyazaki. “But thank you.”

At Cannes, where standing ovations can stretch on end, the fervor that greeted Ghibli's emissaries — Goro Miyazaki (son of Hayao) and Kenichi Yoda — was nevertheless among the most thunderous receptions at the festival. Thierry Fremaux, Cannes' artistic director, walked across the stage of the Grand Théâtre Lumière filming the long ovation, he said, for a video to send to Miyazaki.

“With this Palme d'Or, we'd like to thank you for all the magic you've brought to cinema,” said Iris Knobloch, the president of the festival, presenting the award.

The occasion wasn't marked by any new Ghibli film but four earlier shorts that hadn't previously been shown outside Japan. “Mei and the Baby Cat Bus," a brief follow-up to Miyazaki's 1989 “My Neighbor Totoro,” expands the Cat Bus of that classic to a whole fleet of cat conveyances, most notably the mini Baby Cat Bus.

The shorts, all of which were made for the Studio Ghibli Museum outside Tokyo, included “Mr. Dough and the Egg Princess," a culinary-themed desert for Miyazaki's 2001 film “Spirited Away.” The other two — “House Hunting” and “Boro the Caterpillar” — make musical mini-adventures for forest creatures.

The Studio Ghibli celebration came on the heels of Miyazaki's long-awaited “The Boy and the Heron” winning the Academy Award in March for best animated film. (A documentary on its making, “Hayao Miyazaki and the Heron,” also played in Cannes.)

Miyazaki sat out that ceremony, too. Goro Miyazaki, whose own films include “From Up on Poppy Hill” and “Tales From Earthsea," said they had to use a hotel towel to wrap the Oscar to bring home to his father. On Monday, he was relieved by the portability of the Cannes prize.

“I'm reassured seeing the Palme d'Or was in a box,” he said, grinning.

Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP

Goro Miyazaki, left, and Kenichi Yoda pose for photographers with the Studio Ghibli honorary Palme d'Or upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'The Apprentice' at the 77th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 20, 2024. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Goro Miyazaki, left, and Kenichi Yoda pose for photographers with the Studio Ghibli honorary Palme d'Or upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'The Apprentice' at the 77th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 20, 2024. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Goro Miyazaki, left, and Kenichi Yoda pose for photographers at the Studio Ghibli honorary Palme d'Or photo call at the 77th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 20, 2024. (Photo by Andreea Alexandru/Invision/AP)

Goro Miyazaki, left, and Kenichi Yoda pose for photographers at the Studio Ghibli honorary Palme d'Or photo call at the 77th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 20, 2024. (Photo by Andreea Alexandru/Invision/AP)

Goro Miyazaki, left, and Kenichi Yoda pose for photographers with the Studio Ghibli honorary Palme d'Or upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'The Apprentice' at the 77th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 20, 2024. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Goro Miyazaki, left, and Kenichi Yoda pose for photographers with the Studio Ghibli honorary Palme d'Or upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'The Apprentice' at the 77th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 20, 2024. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Goro Miyazaki, left, and Kenichi Yoda pose for photographers at the Studio Ghibli honorary Palme d'Or photo call at the 77th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 20, 2024. (Photo by Andreea Alexandru/Invision/AP)

Goro Miyazaki, left, and Kenichi Yoda pose for photographers at the Studio Ghibli honorary Palme d'Or photo call at the 77th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 20, 2024. (Photo by Andreea Alexandru/Invision/AP)

Goro Miyazaki, left, and Kenichi Yoda pose for photographers with the Studio Ghibli honorary Palme d'Or upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'The Apprentice' at the 77th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 20, 2024. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Goro Miyazaki, left, and Kenichi Yoda pose for photographers with the Studio Ghibli honorary Palme d'Or upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'The Apprentice' at the 77th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 20, 2024. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

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Millions are sweating it out as a heat wave nears its peak from Midwest to Maine

2024-06-21 02:48 Last Updated At:02:50

SQUAM LAKE, N.H. (AP) — A heat wave from the Midwest to New England moved closer to a breaking point Thursday as millions of people sweated out another day.

The National Weather Service predicted it would peak in the eastern Great Lakes and New England Thursday and in the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic by the weekend.

Heat index readings combining temperature and humidity were expected to surpass 100 degrees (37.7 C) in many locations, possibly setting some all-time records, the weather service said, and because record overnight temperatures could prevent natural cooling, heat danger could build up indoors.

In a study published Thursday, a group of scientists said human-caused climate change has drastically increased the odds of experiencing the killer heat baking the Southwestern United States, Mexico and Central America this month. Last year, the U.S. saw the greatest number of heat waves — abnormally hot weather lasting more than two days — since 1936.

Ocean waters are warmer as well, particularly in the Gulf of Mexico, where the season’s first named storm, Alberto, was dumping heavy rain and flash flooding along a stretch of the coast from Mexico to Louisiana. Hurricane season this year is forecast to be among the most active in recent memory.

It’s made for an unusually early start to summer extremes in the northeastern U.S. In New Hampshire, Angela Wilcox took her two children and two nephews boating Thursday in search of the coldest swimming spot on Squam Lake, where they've stayed at the rustic Rockywold Deephaven Camps near the town of Holderness for 16 years.

“This is the hottest it’s ever been, especially in June,” Wilcox said. “We’re kind of shocked.”

Camp workers were delivering large blocks of ice to the cabins for refrigeration. A tradition at the camp for more than a century, the ice is harvested from the lake each winter and packed with sawdust in an insulated storage hut. The method has kept fresh ice available throughout the summer and into the fall.

It was already nearing 90 degrees (32.2 C) as John Dupont opened his kettle corn stand at Concord's 50th annual Market Days Festival. He and his daughter set up two fans and were prepared to drape icy towels around their necks.

“This year is a little challenging because of all the heat. Our kettle gets up to 150,000 BTUs,” he said.

At Johnson's Dairy Bar in Northwood on Thursday, Camryn Hildredth tried offer customers an empty dish for that heartbreaking moment when a scoop of rapidly melting ice cream topples out of the cone, but not all would listen.

“Everybody asks if we have AC. We do not,” she said. “It’s very hot and we get long lines, so it can get very rough sometimes.”

In Burlington, Vermont, Jack Hurlbut said he's never been so hot in his life. “I live in Vermont for a reason, you know what I mean?” the 28-year-old said.

Hurlbut, who is experiencing homelessness, joined others in a shady spot on a lawn outside the public library, which was serving as a cooling center.

Officials have urged people to stay indoors if they can and check on vulnerable family members and neighbors.

New York parks had free admission Thursday, and select state-run pools and beaches opened early for swimming, Gov. Kathy Hochul said. New York City's beaches were available and while its public swimming pools don't open until next week, the city keeps a list of hundreds of free air-conditioned sites.

“The humidity is pretty insane,” said Anne-Laure Bonhomme, a health coach who was sightseeing in New York with her family.

Many school districts in New Jersey switched to early dismissals as the school year winds down, and at least two rescheduled their high school graduation ceremonies due to concerns about excessive heat and humidity.

With much of Indiana broiling in the 90s, highway crews are starting shifts at 6 a.m., two hours earlier than in cooler seasons, and taking more frequent breaks in air-conditioned trucks in between filling potholes and other roadwork, said Kyleigh Cramer, a spokesperson for the Indiana Department of Transportation.

“They’re able to get in those trucks and cool off right then and there because being out on the road is a little bit different than being in an office,” Cramer said.

Some relief is coming: A cold front is moving into areas near Lake Michigan on Thursday and Friday, the weather service said. Chicago broke a 1957 record Monday with a high of 97 degrees (36.1 C).

Ramer reported from Northwood, N.H. Associated Press writers from across the country contributed, including Lisa Rathke, Kathy McCormack, Rick Callahan and Bruce Shipkowski. Follow AP’s coverage of weather at https://apnews.com/hub/weather

Silas Pociask, 9, of Deerfield, N.H., enjoys a "kiddie"-sized ice cream cone at Johnson's Dairy Bar in Northwood, N.H., on Thursday, June 20, 2024. (AP photo/Holly Ramer)

Silas Pociask, 9, of Deerfield, N.H., enjoys a "kiddie"-sized ice cream cone at Johnson's Dairy Bar in Northwood, N.H., on Thursday, June 20, 2024. (AP photo/Holly Ramer)

Blocks of winter ice keep beverages cold in an old ice box at rustic Rockywold Deephaven Camps, Thursday, June 20, 2024, in Holderness, N.H. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Blocks of winter ice keep beverages cold in an old ice box at rustic Rockywold Deephaven Camps, Thursday, June 20, 2024, in Holderness, N.H. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Javier Rodriguez rushes to deliver ice to guest cabins on the hottest day of the season at Rockywold Deephaven Camps, Thursday, June 20, 2024, in Holderness, N.H. Ice is harvested from the nearby lake during the winter and is used to refrigerate guest's ice boxes all summer at the rustic camp. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Javier Rodriguez rushes to deliver ice to guest cabins on the hottest day of the season at Rockywold Deephaven Camps, Thursday, June 20, 2024, in Holderness, N.H. Ice is harvested from the nearby lake during the winter and is used to refrigerate guest's ice boxes all summer at the rustic camp. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

A block of ice is hauled up a the loading ramp at Rockywold Deephaven Camps, Thursday, June 20, 2024, in Holderness, N.H. Sawdust used to insulated the ice will be washed off before it is delivered to guest cabins. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

A block of ice is hauled up a the loading ramp at Rockywold Deephaven Camps, Thursday, June 20, 2024, in Holderness, N.H. Sawdust used to insulated the ice will be washed off before it is delivered to guest cabins. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Nate Lord hauls out a block of ice at Rockywold Deephaven Camps, Thursday, June 20, 2024, in Holderness, N.H. Ice harvested from Squam Lake during the winter is insulated with sawdust in an ice house. It is used for refrigeration in ice boxes at each guest cabin throughout the summer. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Nate Lord hauls out a block of ice at Rockywold Deephaven Camps, Thursday, June 20, 2024, in Holderness, N.H. Ice harvested from Squam Lake during the winter is insulated with sawdust in an ice house. It is used for refrigeration in ice boxes at each guest cabin throughout the summer. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Nate Lord chops out a block of ice at Rockywold Deephaven Camps, Thursday, June 20, 2024, in Holderness, N.H. Ice harvested from Squam Lake during the winter is insulated with sawdust in an ice house. It is used for refrigeration in ice boxes at each guest cabin throughout the summer. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Nate Lord chops out a block of ice at Rockywold Deephaven Camps, Thursday, June 20, 2024, in Holderness, N.H. Ice harvested from Squam Lake during the winter is insulated with sawdust in an ice house. It is used for refrigeration in ice boxes at each guest cabin throughout the summer. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Will McLane loads a block of ice onto a wheelbarrow at Rockywold Deephaven Camps, Thursday, June 20, 2024, in Holderness, N.H. Ice harvested from the lake in winter is used to refrigerate guest's ice boxes throughout the summer season. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Will McLane loads a block of ice onto a wheelbarrow at Rockywold Deephaven Camps, Thursday, June 20, 2024, in Holderness, N.H. Ice harvested from the lake in winter is used to refrigerate guest's ice boxes throughout the summer season. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Melana Price, of Southfield, Mich., dives into Squam Lake at Rockywold Deephaven Camps, Thursday, June 20, 2024, in Holderness, N.H. Ice harvested from the lake in winter is used to refrigerate guest's ice boxes throughout the summer season. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Melana Price, of Southfield, Mich., dives into Squam Lake at Rockywold Deephaven Camps, Thursday, June 20, 2024, in Holderness, N.H. Ice harvested from the lake in winter is used to refrigerate guest's ice boxes throughout the summer season. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

On the hottest day of the young summer season, Nate Lord uses an ice pick to break a block of ice before delivering it to a guest cabin at Rockywold Deephaven Camps, Thursday, June 20, 2024, in Holderness, N.H. Ice harvested from Squam Lake during the winter is used for refrigeration at each cabin throughout the summer. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

On the hottest day of the young summer season, Nate Lord uses an ice pick to break a block of ice before delivering it to a guest cabin at Rockywold Deephaven Camps, Thursday, June 20, 2024, in Holderness, N.H. Ice harvested from Squam Lake during the winter is used for refrigeration at each cabin throughout the summer. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Travis Miller drops a block of ice from one of two ice houses at Rockywold Deephaven Camps, Thursday, June 20, 2024, in Holderness, N.H. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Travis Miller drops a block of ice from one of two ice houses at Rockywold Deephaven Camps, Thursday, June 20, 2024, in Holderness, N.H. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Ice chips fly as Nate Lord chops out a block at Rockywold Deephaven Camps, Thursday, June 20, 2024, in Holderness, N.H. Ice harvested from Squam Lake during the winter is insulated with sawdust in an ice house. It is used for refrigeration in ice boxes at each guest cabin throughout the summer. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Ice chips fly as Nate Lord chops out a block at Rockywold Deephaven Camps, Thursday, June 20, 2024, in Holderness, N.H. Ice harvested from Squam Lake during the winter is insulated with sawdust in an ice house. It is used for refrigeration in ice boxes at each guest cabin throughout the summer. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

John DuPont prepares kettle corn at a street fair in Concord, N.H., on Thursday morning, June 20, 2024, where the temperature was near 90 degrees. (AP Photo/Kathy McCormack)

John DuPont prepares kettle corn at a street fair in Concord, N.H., on Thursday morning, June 20, 2024, where the temperature was near 90 degrees. (AP Photo/Kathy McCormack)

A woman shades herself from heat under a tree at the Capitol Hill Thursday, June 20, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib)

A woman shades herself from heat under a tree at the Capitol Hill Thursday, June 20, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib)

A woman wearing a sweatshirt on her head to protect herself from the sun walks across a crosswalk in downtown Washington, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. High temperatures are expected to stay in the 90s in the nation's capital for the rest of the week as a heat wave builds into the Northeast. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

A woman wearing a sweatshirt on her head to protect herself from the sun walks across a crosswalk in downtown Washington, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. High temperatures are expected to stay in the 90s in the nation's capital for the rest of the week as a heat wave builds into the Northeast. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Visitors wear sun hats, sunglasses, and carry an umbrella to protect themselves from the sun as they sightsee near the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. High temperatures are expected to stay in the 90s in the nation's capital for the rest of the week as a heat wave builds into the Northeast. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Visitors wear sun hats, sunglasses, and carry an umbrella to protect themselves from the sun as they sightsee near the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. High temperatures are expected to stay in the 90s in the nation's capital for the rest of the week as a heat wave builds into the Northeast. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Levi Rush does a backflip off an old bridge abutment into the Saco River in Buxton, Maine, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. Hot weather is predicted until the end of the week. (Troy R. Bennett/The Bangor Daily News via AP)

Levi Rush does a backflip off an old bridge abutment into the Saco River in Buxton, Maine, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. Hot weather is predicted until the end of the week. (Troy R. Bennett/The Bangor Daily News via AP)

Visitors take part in the annual Market Days street fair in Concord, N.H., on Thursday morning, June 20, 2024, with temperatures in the 90s. A heat wave extending from the Midwest to New England moved closer to a breaking point Thursday, with millions of people sweating it out for another day. (AP Photo/Kathy McCormack)

Visitors take part in the annual Market Days street fair in Concord, N.H., on Thursday morning, June 20, 2024, with temperatures in the 90s. A heat wave extending from the Midwest to New England moved closer to a breaking point Thursday, with millions of people sweating it out for another day. (AP Photo/Kathy McCormack)

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