The gorgeous worlds of Studio Ghibli
Studio Ghibli -
Studio Ghibli was founded in 1985 by long-time friends and collaborators, directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, as well as producer Toshio Suzuki.
Hayao Miyazaki -
Hayao Miyazaki, born in Tokyo on January 5, 1941.
Isao Takahata (1935 - 2018) -
Takahata's films occasionally dealt with darker subjects in less fantastical settings than those of his partner, such as war and the uncertainty of adulthood.
‘Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind’ (1984) - While technically Miyazaki's post-apocalyptic fairytale 'Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind' was made and released in 1984.
‘Castle in the Sky’ (1986) -
'Castle in the Sky,' released in 1986, was the first film officially made under the roof of Studio Ghibli.
'Spirited Away’ (2001) -
As of 2022, Miyazaki's 2001 masterpiece 'Spirited Away' was the second-highest grossing film in Japan's history.
‘My Neighbor Totoro’ (1988) -
Written and directed by Miyazaki, 'Totoro' tells the story of two young sisters who move to the countryside to be closer to their ailing mother.
‘Grave of the Fireflies’ (1988) - 'Grave of the Fireflies' is easily the darkest and most harrowing film to come out of Studio Ghibli.
‘Princess Mononoke’ (1997) -
After its release in 1997, 'Princess Mononoke' was the highest-grossing film in Japanese history.
‘Ponyo’ (2008) -
'Ponyo' marked a landmark for Hayao Miyazaki as his 10th film, and it was one of Studio Ghibli's most successful features.
‘Porco Rosso’ (1992) -
One of Miyazaki's first war films, 'Porco Rosso' tells the story of an Italian ex-fighter pilot from World War I.
‘Only Yesterday’ (1991) -
Another prime example of Takahata's genius is 1991's 'Only Yesterday,' a film that proved animation could handle real-world, adult topics with grace and maturity.
‘Tales from Earthsea’ (2006) -
'Tales From Earthsea,' released in 2006, is the first film directed by Goro Miyazaki, Hayao Miyazaki's son.
‘The Wind Rises’ (2013) -
The year of 2013 saw the release of what was supposed to be Hayao Miyazaki's 11th and final feature film, 'The Wind Rises'.