One of the most recognized studios in Japan, Ghibli Studio, is known for its animated film. The studio was directed by three prominent directors, Toshio Suzuki, Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. In 1986 Ghibli Studio debuted with its first production, Castle in the Sky. Since then, the studio has released a film every one to two years. It includes the production of several classics that have aged quite well. But yes, some movies didn’t get that far. Let’s take a look at a few in both categories.
Hayao Miyazaki acted as director and Toshio Suzuki produced this 2008 film. Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea tells an adorable story about a child named Sosuke and a mystical girl, Ponyo. It won the Japanese Academy Film Prize for the best animation of the year. Personally, I like it a lot more than the teen version, The Little Mermaid.
2. Howl’s Moving Castle:
This 2004 fantasy anime has an Academy Award nomination and is another Hayao Miyazaki masterpiece. The story spans mystery, war, and romance, making it as perfect as anything. Howl’s Moving Castle should be on your list if you like Spirited Away.
3. Princess Mononoke:
If you ask, Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki are a perfect team for the best animations. Princess Mononoke is set in an ancient era of a Japanese forest village. The film won several awards such as Hochi Film Awards, Japan Academy Awards just to name a few. The movie is worth watching if you like supernatural things.
4. Spirited Away:
If fantasy can be even better, it is in Spirited Away. The film is one of the highest-grossing animations ever by Hayao and Toshio under the banner of Shibli. This 2001 Japanese animated film received an Academy Award in 2003. I will absolutely recommend this anime to anyone who is up for it or not.
5. The Story of Princess Kaguya:
Ghibli Studio is a 2013 anime movie based on the legendary lumberjack story from Japan. The Tale of Princess Kayuga also has an Academy Award for itself. Isao Takahata, the director, and Yoshiaki Nishimura, the producer, painted the story in the best possible way.
Badly outdated movies:
1. from Up on Poppy Hill:
Ghibli never produced anything not worth watching, but sometimes the plot can ruin everything. Goro Miyazaki directed this Hayao Miyazaki screenplay in 2011. The story could only have been great if the middle part didn’t mess it up.
2. The Secret World of Arriety:
Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s The Secret World of Arriety is perfect in every way. It has several awards and nominations, but it didn’t hit like other Ghibli productions. The main reason was that the adaptation was a general story. But it is still worth a watch.
3. Earwig And The Witch:
The adaptation of Diana Wynne Jones’ novel Earwig And The Witch was Ghilbi’s very first 3D animations. Fans clearly had a higher expectation that Ghibli did not argue with. The dubbing in English seemed out of place and the animations fell short of that purpose.
4. Castle in the sky:
Writer-director Hayao Miyazaki created Castle in the Sky in 1986. The story is sweet to describe, but nothing special. It should have received more recognition as a classic. Regardless, the pair are very cute in their own right.
5. Tales From Earthsea:
Goro Miyazaki’s direction did not live up to his father’s expectations. Tales From Earthsea can also be considered Ghibli’s worst production to date. The audience felt unfulfilled with the anime’s plot. The movie came out in 2006 and wasn’t brutal as expected.
Not everything is always progressive and spontaneous, right? So Ghibli’s some productions were good and bagged Academy Awards, while others just fell down. Here’s a list of the top 5 animations of all time, see if there is one from Ghibli or not.
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