Studio Ghibli: Pom Poko (平成狸合戦ぽんぽこ)

Pom Poko (平成狸合戦ぽんぽこ, Heisei Tanuki Gassen Ponpoko, lit. “Heisei-era Raccoon Dog War Ponpoko”) is a 1994 Japanese animated fantasy film, written and directed by Takahata Isao and animated by Studio Ghibli. Consistent with Japanese folklore, the tanuki (Japanese raccoon dogs) are portrayed as a highly sociable, mischievous species, which are able to use “illusion science” … More Studio Ghibli: Pom Poko (平成狸合戦ぽんぽこ)

Studio Ghibli: My Neighbors the Yamadas (ホーホケキョとなりの山田くん)

My Neighbors the Yamadas(ホーホケキョとなりの山田くん, Hōhokekyo Tonari no Yamada-kun) is a 1999 Japanese animated comedy film written and directed by  Takahata Isao (高畑 勲) and produced by Studio Ghibli. Unlike the other films of Studio Ghibli, the film is presented in a stylized comic strip aesthetic, a departure from the traditional anime style of the studio’s other … More Studio Ghibli: My Neighbors the Yamadas (ホーホケキョとなりの山田くん)

Studio Ghibli: The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (かぐや姫の物語)

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (かぐや姫の物語, Kaguya-hime no Monogatari) is a 2013 Japanese animated fantasy drama film produced by Studio Ghibli, co-written and directed by Takahata Isao (高畑 勲) A bamboo cutter named Sanuki no Miyatsuko discovers a miniature girl inside a glowing bamboo shoot. Believing her to be a divine presence, he and his wife decide to raise her as their own, … More Studio Ghibli: The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (かぐや姫の物語)

Studio Ghibli: When Marnie Was There (思い出のマーニー)

When Marnie Was There (思い出のマーニー, Omoide no Ma-ni-, lit. Memories of Marnie) is a 2014 Japanese anime film written and directed by Yonebayashi Hiromasa (米林 宏昌), produced by Studio Ghibli, and based on the novel When Marnie Was There by Joan G. Robinson. It was the final film for Studio Ghibli, before they announced that its division took … More Studio Ghibli: When Marnie Was There (思い出のマーニー)

Studio Ghibli: Whisper of the Heart (耳をすませば)

Whisper of the Heart (耳をすませば, Mimi o Sumaseba, lit. If you listen closely) is a 1995 Japanese animated romantic drama film directed by Kondou Yoshifumi (近藤 喜文) and written by Miyazaki Hayao (宮﨑 駿) based on the 1989 manga of the same name by Hiiragi Aoi (柊 あおい). It was the first theatrical Studio Ghibli film to be … More Studio Ghibli: Whisper of the Heart (耳をすませば)

Studio Ghibli: The Cat Returns (猫の恩返し)

The Cat Returns (猫の恩返し, Neko no Ongaeshi, lit. The Cat’s Repayment) is a 2002 Japanese animated drama film directed by Morita Hiroyuki (森田宏幸). A spin-off of Whisper of the Heart (耳をすませば, Mimi wo Sumaseba, lit. If You Listen Closely), it was theatrically released in Japan on July 19, 2002 through the Toho Company. It received an Excellence … More Studio Ghibli: The Cat Returns (猫の恩返し)

Studio Ghibli: Porco Rosso (紅の豚)

Porco Rosso (紅の豚 Kurenai no Buta, lit. Crimson Pig) is a 1992 Japanese animated adventure film written and directed by Miyazaki Hayao (宮崎駿). It is based on Hikoutei Jidai (飛行艇時代), a three-part watercolor manga by Miyazaki. The film stars the voices of Moriyama Shuuichirou, Katou Tokiko, Okamura Akemi and Ootsuka Akio. Suzuki Toshio produced the … More Studio Ghibli: Porco Rosso (紅の豚)

Studio Ghibli: Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (崖の上のポニョ)

Ponyo (崖の上のポニョ Gake no Ue no Ponyo, literally “Ponyo on the Cliff”), initially titled in English as Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, is a 2008 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Miyazaki Hayao (宮崎駿) of Studio Ghibli and Toho. It is Miyazaki’s eighth film for Ghibli, and his tenth overall. The … More Studio Ghibli: Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (崖の上のポニョ)

Studio Ghibli: Kiki’s Delivery Service (魔女の宅急便)

Kiki’s Delivery Service (魔女の宅急便, Majo no Takkyūbin, lit. Witch’s Express Home Delivery) is the title of the 1989 Miyazaki Hayao (宮崎駿) and Studio Ghibli anime film based on the children’s fantasy novel written by Kadono Eiko (角野栄子) and illustrated by Hayashi Akiko (林明子). It was first published by Fukuinkan Shoten on January 25, 1985. The original … More Studio Ghibli: Kiki’s Delivery Service (魔女の宅急便)