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#Anime from #Ghilbi Studio: Much more than just an animation movie

#Anime from #Ghilbi Studio: Much more than just an animation movie

  • Ghibli Studio: Hayao Miyazai, Isao Takahata & Toshio Suzuki
Films from Ghibli Studio

The Beautiful World of Anime: Films from Ghibli Studio

The name Ghibli is based on the Arabic name for the sirocco, or Mediterranean wind, the idea being the studio would “blow a new wind through the Japanese anime industry”.  Although the Italian/Arabic word is pronounced with a very hard ɡ, the Japanese pronunciation of the studio’s name is with a soft ‘g’.

Studio Ghibli has produced seventeen feature films so far…

  1. Castle in the Sky in 1986.
  2. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
  3. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
  4. Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
  5. Only Yesterday (1991)
  6. Porco Rosso (1992)
  7. Pom Poko (1994)
  8. Whisper of the Heart (1995)
  9. Princess Mononoke (1997)
  10. My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999)
  11. Spirited Away (2001)
  12. The Cat Returns (2002)
  13. Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
  14. Tales from Earthsea (2006)
  15. Ponyo (2008)
  16. Arrietty (2010)
  17. From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)

Most of these movies have received critical and box office success. Tales from Earthsea enjoyed Box Office success but the critical praise was less compared to the other movies from Ghibli Studio. Eight of Studio Ghibli’s films are among the 15 highest-grossing anime films, with Spirited Away being the highest, grossing over $274 million worldwide. Many anime features created by Studio Ghibli have won the Animage Anime Grand Prix award and three have won the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year. In 2002, Spirited Away won a Golden Bear and an Oscar for Best Animated Feature.

The studio has also produced several short films and television commercials, as well as Ocean Waves, a television film. Founded in June 1985, the studio is headed by the directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and the producer Toshio Suzuki.

Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata and Toshio Suzuki

Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata and Toshio Suzuki

Prior to the formation of the studio, Miyazaki and Takahata had already had long careers in Japanese film and television animation and had worked together on Hols: Prince of the Sun and Panda! Go, Panda!; and Suzuki was an editor at Tokuma Shoten’s Animage manga magazine.

The studio was founded after the success of the 1984 film Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, written and directed by Miyazaki for Topcraft and distributed by Toei Company. Suzuki was part of the production team on the film and founded Studio Ghibli with Miyazaki, who also invited Takahata to join the new studio. The studio has mainly produced films by Miyazaki, with the second most prolific director being Takahata. Other directors who have worked with Studio Ghibli include Yoshifumi Kondo, Hiroyuki Morita and Gorō Miyazaki. Composer Joe Hisaishi has provided the soundtrack for all of Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli films.

Hayao Miyazaki has attained international acclaim as a maker of anime feature films and, along with Isao Takahata, co-founded Studio Ghibli, a film and animation studio. The success of Miyazaki’s films has invited comparisons with American animator Walt Disney, British animator Nick Park and American director Robert Zemeckis.

Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki

Born in Bunkyō, Tokyo, Miyazaki began his animation career in 1961, when he joined Toei Animation. From there, Miyazaki worked as an in-between artist for Gulliver’s Travels Beyond the Moon where he pitched his own ideas that eventually became the movie’s ending. He continued to work in various roles in the animation industry over the decade until he was able to direct his first feature film Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro which was released in 1979. After the success of his next film, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, he co-founded Studio Ghibli.

While Miyazaki’s films have long enjoyed both commercial and critical success in Japan, he remained largely unknown to the West until Miramax Films released Princess Mononoke. Princess Mononoke was the highest-grossing film in Japan and the first animated film to win Picture of the Year at the Japanese Academy Awards. Miyazaki returned to animation with Spirited Away. The film topped Titanic’s sales at the Japanese box office, also won Picture of the Year at the Japanese Academy Awards and was the first anime film to win an American Academy Award.

Miyazaki’s films often contain recurrent themes like humanity’s relationship with nature and technology, and the difficulty of maintaining a pacifist ethic. The protagonists of his films are often strong, independent girls or young women. While two of his films, The Castle of Cagliostro and Castle in the Sky, involve traditional villains, his other films like Nausicaä and Princess Mononoke present morally ambiguous antagonists with redeeming qualities. He recently co-wrote the film The Secret World of Arrietty, which was released in July 2010 in Japan and February 2012 in the United States.

Well the Anime world is not just limited to Ghibli Studio or children centric, soft subjects and light entertaining movies. It is much bigger and goes well across several genre of movies and entertainment. Dare I say it is an art form in itself, evolved over a period of time, taking inspirations from the various art forms and traditional socio-cultural nuances of Japanese society.

There are a number of anime movies e.g. Akira (1988), Millenium Actress (2001), Metropolis (2001), Ninja Scroll (1993),  Vampire Hunter D – Bloodlust (2000), Rurouni Kenshin, Cowboy Bebop – The Movie (2001),  which one must watch to understand this art form more seriously.

Studio Ghibli Wallpaper

Studio Ghibli

 

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