Experience the Growth of Studio Ghibli in This Beautiful Montage

Image: Youtube
Image: Youtube

Studio Ghibli has, as a whole, one of the most impressive and beautiful libraries of any film studio in history. In one montage, see how the studio’s ideas and style have taken shape over its history.


The video, made by YouTube channel Burger Fiction, is a montage of clips from each of the studio’s films, beginning with Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, the success of which led to the founding of Ghibli, before moving onto the releases of the studio itself. Each clip is representative of that particular film’s style and concerns, and it’s fascinating to watch them run into each other one after another.

By putting them together, it’s easy to see the styles and preoccupations that developed as the studio grew, from the lush pastoral landscapes to the focus on young women and a frequent return to the well of magic realism. More than anything else, it shows how stunning—and how accomplished—this film library is. (It also reminds me that I really need to finish watching Whispers of the Heart, which is just a lovely, heartfelt film.)

You can watch the video below, and check out the rest of Burger Fiction’s supercuts here.




Apparently I’m behind on my Studio Ghibli watching. I think the newest I’ve seen is “Arietty/The Secret World of Arietty”, but I’ve seen every one prior to that save “My Neighbor the Yamadas” and “Pom Poko”.

I also didn’t realize “Grave of the Fireflies” was their second film. Damn, what a bold choice. I like that its tone is offset by “My Neighbor Totoro” immediately after, both of which are among my favorite Ghibli films.