The Story of Studio Ghibli, a Legend in Japanese Film Animation!

Founded in 1985, Studio Ghibli is a massively successful Japanese animation film studio that was a collaborative creation by animators and directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata along with producer Suzuki Toshio. Studio Ghibli is extensively acclaimed for its artistry and high quality filmmaking. Both in terms of commercial and popular success as well as critical praise, its feature films did extremely well and also had a great impact on other animation studios. This studio giant in the animation world is headquartered in Tokyo.

Miyazaki created his second feature film called ‘Kaze no tani no Naushika’ or in English translation, ‘Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind’ in 1984. This was influenced from his own well-known manga strip. Soon after this, in the next year, Miyazaki established Studio Ghibli along with Takahata and Suzuki.

What Followed After Studio Ghibli Was Founded?

After its establishment, the very first official film that they created was ‘Tenkū no shiro Rapyuta’ or ‘Castle in the Sky’ which was released in 1986. A lot of the films that Studio Ghibli released were both written and directed by Miyazaki himself, who was heavily in charge of the creative process. Later releases were also commercial and critical hit after hit such as the 1988 film ‘Tonari no totoro’ or ‘My Neighbour Totoro’, ‘Majo no takkyūbin’ or ‘Kiki’s Delivery Service’ in 1989, and the 1992 release ‘Kurenai no buta’ or ‘Porco Rosso’.

Some of Sudio Ghibli’s Insanely Popular Films!

Miyazaki refused his films to be released in the West for many years after ‘Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind’ suffered a really bad edit and was aired in the United States as ‘Warriors of the Wind’ in 1986. After an entire decade however, in 1996, Studio Ghibli reached an agreement with Walt Disney to allow them to distribute Studio Ghibli’s films under the one rule that absolutely no editing was to be ever made. The next year, Studio Ghibli came up with the massively acclaimed blockbuster hit, ‘Mononoke-hime’ or ‘Princess Mononoke’.

Soon after this success came another even bigger classic Miyazaki hit in 2001 which is ‘Spirited Away’, a film that has won multiple awards for its mastery of wonderful storytelling and gorgeous top notch visual animation. It won the Golden Bear award at the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival as well as the 2003 Academy Award for the category of best animated feature.

The Growth Of Studio Ghibli’s Artistry

There was no stopping this studio giant after this and what followed was more releases of beautiful thought provoking films. There’s just something about the touch of a Studio Ghibli film that makes it feel like every film has been so carefully planned out to deliver the most soul stirring stories for the audience. And Studio Ghibli never once compromised its quality. Later films included the 2004 release ‘Haoru no ugoku shiro’ or ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’, ‘Gake no Ue no Ponyo’ or just ‘Ponyo’ in 2008 and the 2013 film ‘Kaguyahime no monogatari’ or ‘The Tale of the Princess Kaguya’. One very heartwrenching taIe of two siblings during World War II is the 1988 release ‘Hotaru no Haka’ or ‘Grave of the Fireflies‘, which is directed by Isao Takahata.

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