Japan has been known as home for animation.Anime and Manga is one of the country’s most prized products. And there is one studio that is said to be one of the best animation studios in the world. It is Studio Ghibli.
Ghibli, the first Asian animation studio to receive Academy Award
Studio Ghibli was founded by Hayao Miyazaki, Toshio Suzuki, Yasuyoshi Takuma and the late Isao Takahata in 1985, Japan. It is first known for its movie, My Neighborhood Totoro. The popularity put Totoro as the studio’s mascot until now.
Ghibli is famous for its signature animation style. Most of them had Miyazaki as the director. And the movies always have a deep message, touching the viewers in their inner hearts. And the whole world love it, regardless of cultural differences.
In 2001, Studio Ghibli released a movie titled Spirited Away. The movie then hit international enthusiast. It won the 2003 Academy Award for The Best Animation Picture. Making it the first Asian animation movie receiving the title, which previously occupied mostly by Disney.
The movie My Neighborhood Totoro is also one of the most known movies. It receives a lot of award, especially Totoro as one of the most phenomenal character. My Neighborhood Totoro reported a total of $1.5 billion lifetime revenue. It an accumulation from the movie and merchandise sales.
Shocking hiatus and epic return
The studio went on a hiatus since 2014. Following the death of one of its founder, Takahata and Miyazaki retirement. However Miyazaki had recently announced for a comeback from his retirement. He’s working on a movie titled How Do You Live.
The movie is based on a novel of the same title released in 1945 in Japan. The movie is going to make people reflect on their life. Miyazaki said that the project is a farewell for his grandson to remember him before he leave for good. Even though he’s yet to set for the release, a lot of people is anticipating Miyazaki return.
In addition, Ghibli announced an epic plan to open Ghibli theme park, set in 2022. It’s like taking Miyazaki’s Ghibli Museum a notch higher,