♡ Studio Ghibli ♡

If you aren’t already acquainted… let me introduce you to Studio Ghibli… a Japanese animation and film studio founded in June 1985; and also a BIG passion in my life (other than the wonderful marvellous world of beaut-e of course)!

Studio GhibliThe studio was founded after the success of the 1984 film “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind”, written and directed by the inspirational Hayao Miyazaki.

Hayao Miyazaki

What’s my favourite? Well I love them all for different reasons, and some more than others. The film I am most fond of is Spirited Away… the first Studio Ghibli film I was introduced to a few years ago. I went to the cinema knowing nothing about the film… and I have been a fan ever since! The characters are truly wonderful.

Spirited AwayMany anime features created by Studio Ghibli have won the Animage Anime Grand Prix award including: Castle in the Sky in 1986; My Neighbor Totoro (see first image above) in 1988; and Kiki’s Delivery Service in 1989. In 2002, Spirited Away won a Golden Bear and an Oscar for Best Animated Feature which remains the only film made outside the English-speaking world to have done so.

My ♥ film rating (♥ to ♥♥♥♥♥)

Castle in the Sky ♥♥♥♥

Grave of the Fireflies ♥♥♥♥ – makes me cry every time!

Grave Of The FirefliesMy Neighbor Totoro ♥♥♥♥♥ – delightful story, wish I had seen it as a kid

Kiki’s Delivery Service ♥♥♥♥♥ – lovely story of a witch and her talking cat

Only Yesterday – golly gosh – I’ve not seen this yet!

Porco Rosso ♥♥♥ – a flying pig!

Ocean Waves ♥♥♥ – an innocent love triangle

The Ocean WavesPom Poko ♥♥♥♥ – raccoons and their ‘pouches’ heehee

Whisper of the Heart ♥♥♥♥ – nice fantasy storyline

Princess Mononoke ♥♥♥♥♥ – fabulous

Princess MononokeMy Neighbors the Yamadas ♥♥♥ – a family comedy, a bit different to the other films

Spirited Away ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ – my FAVE…such imagination

The Cat Returns ♥♥♥♥ – just because I love cats so much

The Cat ReturnsHowl’s Moving Castle ♥♥♥♥♥ – really beautiful animation and great story

Tales from Earthsea ♥♥♥ – I like!

Ponyo ♥♥♥♥♥ – adorable, moving and for me, dream-like

PonyoThe Secret World of Arrietty ♥♥♥♥♥ – great adaptation of the Borrowers

From up on Poppy Hill – yet to see!

What’s your favourite Studio Ghibli film and why?


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