Studio Ghibli: The Untold Story


Studio Ghibli is one of the most eminent Japanese animation film studio headquartered in Tokyo. The studio is best known for it’s magical fantasy films. Hayao MiyazakiIsao Takahata and Toshio Suzuki are the most important founding figures of the studio. It was founded back in the year 1985. They’ve been giving the world classics ever since.

Though some of their works aren’t as famous as the others yet all their movies have an equal amount of artistry aesthetics. Their most prominent works include the Oscar-winning Spirited away, Grave of the fireflies, Ponyo, and 20+ such wonderful movies.

Journey of the Creators

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It started with Miyazaki Hayao and Takahata Isao as the art directors and Suzuki Toshio as the producer. Their first official Ghibli movie came out in 1986, Castle in the sky. Though both the creators had worked together in ‘Nausicaa’ but it was before the studio was officially formed and started. The first time Miyazaki and Takahata worked together was in fact under Toei animation house in the learning days.

However, this collaboration works did not gain much popularity. But we are blessed that they decided to stick together even after that and start a studio together.

{left-right} Miyazaki Hayao, Suzuki Toshio and Takahata Isao.

So this was a little insight on the driving forces of Studio Ghibli.

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The Name : Miyazaki chose the name Ghibli, taken from an Italian noun which is spelled the same. It’s Libyan-Arabic for hot desert wind of that country. He said he wanted a new wind to flow into the anime industry. His aim was to bring a change in the existing kind of anime .

Their Creations: The real magic!

The first project the three had was NausicaƤ of the Valley of the Wind at Topcraft. Topcraft was later purchased and renamed as Studio Ghibli which marked the start of the team officially.

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Many people grew up watching their movies, though age has never been a limit for admiring their works. These movies are enjoyed by viewers of all age groups and the content interpretation has thus been quite subjective. These movies might bring in a streak of nostalgia for the viewers who watched this growing up and a whole new discovery for the new audience.

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Studio Ghibli is well known till date for the dreamy presentation of real life situations. One cannot talk about Ghibli movies without the words magic and dream. Many love the originality of the character and the realism in the situations which makes it highly relatable. Others tend to love the refreshing uniqueness of the plots and the Fascinating art style.

Some of the famous characters of different Ghibli movies.

What makes their work relatable ?

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Their movies work on intricate details and bring out the most unnoticed reality. They show ordinary characters in a daily life being accompanied by fantasy as a source of comfort and support. They manage to show the actual reactions any ordinary person would have rather than showing something overly dramatic.

Even with all the problems, their characters tend to find a way towards positivity emphasizing where there is will there’s a way. They bring in a sense of hope amongst the audience and soothe them. The fact that the audience feels calm and mesmerized by watching a film is a huge success.

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As a consequence it’s more than just movies for many, it’s an escape too. And by saying escape I don’t want it to be taken as a negative point. If a work of art tends to act as a support to a person it’s not wrong. It’s like the fantasy is helping them have faith that they can be fine and then support them to thrive for the better. Hope can do wonders and so can these Ghibli movies.

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Ghibli movies has often shown the beauty of nature through the lush greens and sea.Somewhere showing how the truly beautyfull nature is, however we fail to recognize. This also makes me feel that somewhere the studio is really into nature and wants the audience to acknowledge it. We can’t quite deny how the Ghibli wonders is purely Awe-strucking in such a subtle way that it feels real. It totally encourages one’s creative brains to flow and gives a sense of reassurance to people.

Spirited Away, Kiki’s Delivery service, My neighbour Totoro, Grave of the fireflies, Princess Mononoke, Howl’s moving castle, Whisper of the heart and Ponyo are some of the highly recommended Ghibli movies. These movies have a deeper meaning when we get into the ‘between he line’ that’s shown. The meaning hidden in these tales are what distinguishes the content matter while a child or an adult watches it.

If it still remains a question what makes Studio Ghibli so amazing I’d highly recommend watching their movie. The beautiful wizardry is better felt than just being explained.

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