Studio Ghibli Commercials

We may have entered the period where we can expect no new features from director Hayao Miyazaki, and much less work overall from Studio Ghibli, but that doesn’t mean there is nothing left to discover from those animators.

It’s well-established that major filmmakers make commercials in between big projects in order to make money and stretch their skills. That tendency extends even to venerated animation companies such as Studio Ghibli. Below you’ll find a set of Studio Ghibli commercials — that is, spots made by Ghlibi, not ads for the studio — some of which very obviously feature the input of Miyazaki himself. Read More »


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Hayao Miyazaki Is Making a New Short Film

Hayao Miyazaki short film

We have good and bad news not he Studio Ghibli front. The good news is that “retired” animation master Hayao Miyazaki is making a new short film, with the primary character being a caterpillar. And, surprisingly, it seems that the short could be the animator’s first all-CG work. There are two bits of bad news, however. One is that this short may take up to three years to complete. And, second, you’ll have to travel to Japan to see it. Read More »

When Marnie Was There clip

This week the film that may be the final Studio Ghibli feature opens in limited US release. When Marnie Was There is from director Hiromasa Yonebayashi, and tells the story of Anna, voiced here by Hailee Steinfeld, who is sent off to spend the summer with relatives of her foster mother.

In this When Marnie Was There clip we see Anna arriving in the seaside town that will be her summer home, and we meet Setsu and Kiyomasa Oiwa, voiced here by Grey Griffin and John C. Reilly. Read More »

When Marnie Was There US Trailer

The last time we heard anything about When Marnie Was There, the latest film from Studio Ghibli, was the announcement of the English-language voice cast. As is always the case with films from the Japanese studio, the US localization features a high-calibre cast and may just turn out an English dub that compares favorably with the original Japanese audio. Now there’s a When Marnie Was There US trailer that lets us hear some of that cast, including Hailee Steinfeld as Anna and Kiernan Shipka as Marnie. Read More »

When Marnie Was There US release

We don’t have to wait too long to see Studio Ghibli’s latest film in the US. When Marnie Was There, which premiered in Japan last summer, has been acquired by GKIDS, the same label that released The Tale of the Princess Kaguya and From Up on Poppy Hill. The When Marnie Was There US release date is broadly set for Spring 2015. Revisit the trailer below. Read More »

hayao miyazaki documentary

Tuesday December 9 is a great day to be a fan of Studio Ghibli. It’s the day Mami Sunada‘s documentary, The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, hits all your big digital VOD platforms: iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Playstation, Xbox, and Vudu.

That means you can sit back and be a fly on the wall of one of the world’s most incredible and influential animation studios as Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata work to finish The Wind Rises and The Tale of The Princess Kaguya. That in itself is an amazing opportunity. What’s even more incredible is while Sunada’s cameras were rolling, Miyazaki made the decision to retire from filmmaking.

Below, we’ve got an exclusive clip from The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness. In it, you can watch Miyazaki actually work. He animates the final shot of The Wind Rises, which he decided to change at the last second and, to him, it tied everything together. It’s a bitter sweet, wonderful moment and – potentially – a piece of film history. Watch the exclusive Hayao Miyazaki documentary clip below, then read through our recent stroll through his entire feature career. Read More »

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studio ghibli documentary trailer

The best documentaries take a great subject and then get hit by lightning. You’re filming your movie and then, over the course of it, something incredible and magical happens that takes the story in a whole different way. For filmmaker Mami Sunada, unprecedented access into one of the most famous animation studios in the world, Studio Ghibli, was just the beginning. Things got very interesting when their most famous and revered filmmaker, Hayao Miyazaki, decided to announce his retirement.

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness is the result of that crazy story. It’s a documentary about the behind the scenes drama at Ghibli and the aftermath of Miyazaki making the bombshell announcement. A trailer for the film has now released in advance of a limited theatrical release November 28 and then a VOD window early in 2015. Check out the The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, a Studio Ghibli documentary trailer, below. Read More »

Princess Kaguya US teaser

Studio Ghibli’s next release in the US is The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, and we’re happy to present the first US teaser for the film. Directed by Grave of the Fireflies director Isao Takahata, the movie explores the folk tale of a young princess who is found as an infant by a bamboo cutter, and tells of the fate that befalls her. The English-language version of the film is to be released by Gkids in October, with James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, and Chloë Grace Moretz voicing the lead roles. There’s no dialogue in this first trailer, but you will get to see some of the unique and lovely visual style employed for the tale. See The Tale of the Princess Kaguya US teaser debut below. Read More »

Studio Ghibli future plans

The internet nearly exploded a few days ago when a poor translation of quotes from Toshio Suzuki of Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli suggested the company would cease production of new animation. The situation is a bit different than that, as Ghibli is looking at “housecleaning” or “restructuring” as it moves forward. While the company’s animated features are work-intensive and very expensive to create, Studio Ghibli isn’t necessarily giving up just yet.

In fact, Suziki has made another appearance on Japanese television to clarify his weekend comments. He even suggests that we’ll see more work from Hayao Miyazaki, who retired from feature directing last year. Whatever Miyazaki makes next probably won’t be a feature, however, and you might have to go to Japan to see it. Suzuki also had a bit more to say about how the company is approaching its future.  Read More »