Studio Ghibli

The Japanese animation studio was founded in 1985 by Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and the producer Toshio Suzuki. Before this Miyazaki and Takahata had worked together on anime film and both had worked in Japanese television and film. Many of its films have won prestigious awards including an Oscar for Spirited Away, which is the only film outside of a non english speaking country to do so. The word Ghibli is based on the arabic word sirocco, which means wind, based on bringing new wind throughout the japanese industry.

The studio mainly produces films through Miyazaki, but Takahata has also directed acclaimed anime’s such as Grave Of The Fireflies. Outside of japan Disney own the rights to all the Ghibli films that previously no international distribution. In 2001 the Ghibli museum opened on Tokyo, offering Ghibli based exhibits and shorts un-availbile elsewhere.

Studio Ghibli proudly offer a ‘no-edits policy’, this was introduced when Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind was heavily cut and Americanised and released in the US as Warriors Of The Wind. When Disney wanted to cut Princess Monoke to boost sales, Ghibli producer sent an authentic Katana (traditional Japanese sword) engraved with “no cuts’.

Currently the studio working on a coupe of features such as the Borrowers Arrietty, directed by Takahata and Goro Miyazaki (Hayao’s son) and another feature length The Bamboo Cutter. The first Ghibli short ever to be shown outside of Japan will happen in New York on 26 march 2011.


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