The magic of Studio Ghibli
Movies like ‘My Come Totoro’, ‘Chihiro’s Journey’ or ‘The Princess Mononoke’ are just some of the many great animated works made by Studio Ghibli, a Japanese animation studio that is a reference for many.
Founded by Hayao Miyazaki, from the beginning he and the studio have sought to tell stories with a more personal character and with enough capacity to reach both children and adults. Therefore, it is assumed that their productions are capable of attracting so many people.
Of course it is likely that you already know all this, that you have seen his films and have an opinion formed of what you think. What we don’t know is if you know some curiosities and details of Studio Ghibli that, in part, help explain why they are the way they are.
Hayao Miyazaki and Toei Animation
Miyazaki nation in 1940 and I work at Toei Animation, one of the most famous Japanese animation studios. There series were made like Heidi or Marco, and it is one of the reasons why the style of drawing enters both studio is so similar.
No one knows the end of the movies, not Miyazaki
One of the greatest curiosities of Studio Ghibli is that nobody knows the end of any of the movies, nor Miyazaki himself. And, as he has said on more than one occasion, he says he has no time.
Whether or not it is real, the truth is that the writing of the script always has a great improvisation component. So let the ideas flow while production begins.
Ghibli’s name originates in World War II
Reportedly, during World War II the Italians used Ghibli to refer to the Sahara’s exploration planes. So, they decided to use that name that means «Warm wind blowing through the Sahara» and with which they wanted to indicate that they brought new winds to the world of animation. They did it.
My movies, my rules
Studio Ghibli’s first film suffered major cuts when it was released in the United States. From there, the study determined that whoever wanted to broadcast their films should respect your “no cuts” policy. And we users appreciate it, because we want to see what they thought and carried out.
In the same way that happens in the cinema, many of the advantages offered by technology are also used in animation. Still, the Studio Ghibli keep cheering by hand Almost 90% of the production. Which also gives a greater perspective of artisanal work that involves creating one of his films.
Characters jumping from one movie to another
If you like animation it is likely that at some point you have seen how Disney takes advantage of many of its animations for different characters. Here the Studio Ghibli what it does directly is Take advantage of the characters.
They are not afraid to reuse popular characters from any of their movies. In the end, everything is within the same universe and that is that of Miyazaki’s head.
Shorts that you can only see in their museum
The Ghibli Museum exhibits short films that can only be seen there. So, if you are a fan of his films and have the opportunity to travel to Japan, do not hesitate to visit his museum and enjoy these productions.
A window to the magic of Japanese animation
Studio Ghibli has been able to show during all these years and after so many movies all the magic of japanese animation. A way to tell stories and show them that it is not just for children.
That is why, when we commented that your complete catalog would come to Netflix, we were glad. Because some will have the opportunity to see those that were missing or simply discover the reason why many enjoy their stories so much. And if you want to discover some more details and stories, there are two highly recommended books about Miyazaki’s work: My neighbor Miyazaki and Before my neighbor Miyazaki.