The World of Studio Ghibli

The World of Studio Ghibli

Many Glasgow students have heard of Studio Ghibli, or at least watched some of the stunning films exploring themes of war, family, friendship, and Japanese culture. Studio Ghibli is a Japanese animation film studio headquartered in Koganei, Tokyo. It is best known for creating animated films, movies, and shorts. Studio Ghibli was founded on June 15, 1985 by directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and producer Toshio Suzuki. 

Some popular titles students may recognize are:

  • My Neighbor Totoro (1998) a nostalgic and genial story following Satsuke and her younger sister Mei as they move to a new house and encounter friendly spirits in the forest.
  • Spirited Away (2001) an imaginative story filled with fantasy as a young girl, Chihiro, and her parents happen upon an abandoned amusement park which is much more than it seems
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989) is about a 13 year old witch in training named Kiki who moves to a seaside town with her cat Jiji to spend a year alone for her witch training which is tradition in her town.
  • Ponyo (2008) a story of strong friendship follows a goldfish princess who makes a forbidden trip to the surface world and makes a human friend, Sosuke, who names the princess Ponyo. Ponyo’s longing to live on the surface grows as her friendship with Sosuke becomes stronger, but breaking free from her protective fathers hold endangers Sosuke’s village. 

Some other Studio Ghibli movies include: Castle in the Sky, The Cat Returns, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Princess Mononoke, to name a few. Along with these, there are more movies and short stories. If you have seen any of these movies, comment which ones you’ve seen! 

Studio Ghibli films have touched many Glasgow students’ hearts. Molly, an 8th grader at Glasgow has seen Totoro and Ponyo, Ponyo being her favorite, she says that, “Studio Ghibli films were a large aspect of my childhood and I have a lot of fond memories after watching them. I personally love the concept of accepting others and treating them like family, even if they seem different or strange to you. I also love the roundness of the animation and how it is not sharp; it’s a wholesome animation style that doesn’t project its characters as having the perfect body or the perfect face.

Sophie  Le, a 6th grader at Glasgow shares that, “my favorite Studio Ghibli movie is [My Neighbor]Totoro. Totoro is a very cute and friendly character, who always puts a smile on my face. I think that Studio Ghibli films teach you to have a positive outlook on the world.”

These films have inspired many Glasgow students as well, including Carlin Adjula, an 8th grader at Glasgow. “they inspired me to be myself, and are just really inspiring in general. Kiki’s delivery service really inspired me because it taught me to stick with myself and what I like. Overall, Studio Ghibli is just nostalgic and beautiful and I love every aspect of it, whether it’s the animation, the storyline, or the music.”

Studio Ghibli has created an imaginative and beautifully crafted world that many Glasgow students have enjoyed. Find and have fun watching all Studio Ghibli films on HBO Max. If you enjoy creative animation, perilous adventures, and heartfelt stories, Studio Ghibli is just for you!

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