A memorable setting is a key component in any memorable story. This is especially true in popular science fiction and fantasy tales, where settings and locations have become as famous and crucial to their worlds as the characters in them.
Like any prolific director, anime legend Hayao Miyazaki has a few preoccupations in his writing. Particularly, he’s fascinated by the natural world, and the conflict between man’s desires and nature’s power.
Mary and the Witch’s Flower, the first film from animation house Studio Ponoc, looks to be a beautiful spectacle on par with Studio Ghibli—no surprise, considering it’s directed by former Ghibli director Hiromasa Yonebayashi. If you need proof, just check out this stunning opening sequence.
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.
There are many great things about the films of Hayao Miyazaki. Just one of them is that if you happen to pause on seemingly any single frame, that image itself is a work of art.
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The first season of the Studio Ghibli-produced show Ronja the Robber’s Daughter arrived on Amazon Prime last week, marking the first time the show has been available in English in the US It’s a kid-friendly tale of a young girl raised by robbers who meets a young boy raised by rival robbers, and how their friendship…
Studio Ghibli fans who don’t have an Amazon Prime account may want to get on that. Later this month, the studio’s animated show Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter comes to the streaming service.
If you live in one of the cities that’ll be screening rare Studio Ghibli film Ocean Waves, you could be among the first Americans to see it on the big screen. The teen drama was originally made for Japanese TV in 1993, and it never got a theatrical release in the US—until now.
You can’t keep Hayao Miyazaki away from what he loves. The celebrated anime director announced during a television special that he wants to come out of retirement to turn his 20-year pet project into a full-length animated feature.
Princess Mononoke wolf goddess Gillian Anderson is lending her pipes to another Studio Ghibli project: recent Amazon Original Kids Series acquisition Ronja the Robber’s Daughter. Originally made for Japanese TV, it’s a 26-part anime adventure directed by Goro Miyazaki, son of Mononoke director Hayao Miyazaki.
Studio Ghibli’s films are legendary for multiple reasons, one of course being the gorgeous animation, much of it hand drawn. Even in the 21st century, when most studios were using CGI to create feature-length films, Hayao Miyazaki, for example. went back to traditional styles for his 2008 film Ponyo.
The latest from Studio Ghibli, still reconfiguring itself since Hayao Miyazaki’s retirement, offers a very promising look toward the studio’s future. The Red Turtle, by animator Michaël Dudok de Wit, is Ghibli’s first co-production; it has no dialogue, but is filled with gorgeously simple, hand-drawn images.
Originality is difficult. Try to come up with an original concept and odds are, you’re just taking bits and pieces from your previous experiences to give something old a new spin. That’s the theme of Icons Unmasked, an amazing new art show by artist Alex Solis.
We don’t know Hayao Miyazaki personally, but we have to believe if he saw these art pieces, he’d smile and nod in approval. The master filmmaker’s animated films are bursting with inspiration, so to see a group of talented artists to a whole art show based on his work seems like a perfect idea
I know I’d seen Hayao Miyazaki’s 1988 film My Neighbor Totoro before I decided to rewatch it recently. I even remember whose DVD I borrowed, and where I watched it. But it wasn’t until 10 minutes into this rewatch that I realized I didn’t remember the film at all. All I remembered were some of its most iconic images.
For film fans, simply hearing the name of the legendary Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli is a badge of honor. New film, old film, doesn’t matter. A Ghibli movie means quality and now one that’s never been released in the U.S. is coming with the voice of the new star of Star Wars.
The legendary Hayao Miyazaki has made his first-ever all CG work! It’s a 10-minute short film that will run at the Ghibli Museum in Japan, and apparently took him three years to make. Still, it’s nice to know he’s filling his time after retiring from animation... with more animation.