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Archive for August 4, 2014

Goodbye Studio Ghibli

Whilst a lot of fans of Studio Ghibli will have no doubt already heard about this news, however the studio which gave us some of the best critically acclaimed anime movies is now coming to an end. Yes folks, Studio Ghibli is closing down.

However, as I and Joel were looking into this more today, there’s talks that the studio isn’t simply “closing down” but simply “restructuring”. This is because yesterday Studio Ghibli announced it was temporarily halting production following the retirement of director Hayao Miyazaki. A…ha… Never-the-less, we thought it’d be nice to actually look through some of Studio Ghibli’s glorious past!

As a way of saying “Goodbye” to what feels like a familiar old friend of ours, I thought I’d give us a chronological look through some of Studio Ghibli’s works. But, take heed reader: They were around for 29 years!

 


Castle in the Sky – 1986

The very first film to be directed and produced by Studio Ghibli, Castle in the Sky is of course what got Studio Ghibli off the ground.

Flying cities, airships and air pirates, robots and kidnapping – This animated film had it all and not only that, it was the film that started it all. If you’ve not seen it I can only recommend getting a copy of the film to watch. It’s brilliant and shows where it all begun!

 

My Neighbor Totoro – 1988

This was the first Studio Ghibli film I had ever seen and I was fascinated not only by the art direction and the story, but by the fact this had been around since the 80’s!

One of the main characters is incredibly recognisable; Totoro himself (He’s that… Big… Cute… Thing with the big round eyes.) It’s a lovely story which follows in this little girl who, without telling too much of the story, hangs out with some spirits and a larger spirit who is Totoro. It’s cute, it’s friendly, it’s easy to watch and the character is basically a mascot for Studio Ghibli.

 

Princess Mononoke – 1997

Moving on a little bit, we move to the amazingly grand Princess Mononoke, a period drama where a demon terrorises a village, is beaten off and then gives its beater a nasty curse. The man goes on an epic journey to find a cure – A lot more happens.

The style that Studio Ghibli took got better and better, looking absolutely phenomenal in Princess Mononoke. In fact: This was accredited as the movie that popularised Ghibli here in the western civilisation.

 

Spirited Away – 2001

This film overtook Titanic as highest-grossing film in the Japanese box-office for good reason. This genius film is often thrown into lists such as “Top 50 movies you should see before you’re 14” and is considered one of the greatest animated films of all time.

Wonderful graphics, a deep plot to get your teeth into and easy enough for a child to follow, Spirited Away is one of Ghiblis shining achievements.


 

 

These were just a few of the wonderful films that Studio Ghibli have put out.

Later down the line, we will have to review some of these films. For now though, all we can say is: Ghibli – We salute you. You’ll be missed.

 

What Studio Ghibli films deserved to be on this list? Let us know of your favourites in the comments section below. Have you seen any of these films? What did you think about them and how did you react to Studio Ghibli closing up shop (Albeit for now)?

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