Studio Ghibli Anounces a (Potentially) Permanent Halt to Filmmaking
Studio Ghibli was and is more than a Japanese animated film company — it was a dream factory. A place of real wonder that never felt fabricated, preachy, or plastic. As opposed to the way Disney, even in its most impressive or honest feeling products, tends to feel like a slithering wall of marketing snakes telling stories exclusively to make ALL THE MONEY, Ghibli has always felt like a place where an old man, full of the wisdom that comes from a lifetime of deeply realized love and pain, closed his eyes so he could hear his heart as loudly as possible and tell everyone else how he got it to beat so strong, and so true.
Also, those are some weird ass f*cking cats
But when Hayao Miyazaki retired in 2013, the studio fell down. It's movies, though still quite beautiful, were arguably missing his spark. Maybe it was just the perception of that loss. Either way, the grinding gears of Capitalism wore the company down, and eventually it had to admit that it just couldn't financially sustain a continuance of production. People weren't lining up now that the man they felt (possibly correctly) held all the magic was gone. The man who imagined countless brave little girls in countless dangerous, but beautiful and exciting situations and worlds had stopped creating.
Hayao Miyazaki, pictured above, smiles at the fact that he can spend almost 100% of his time placing little girls in danger and not seem at all creepy.
They have shut down their film division. They plan on "figuring out" where they are going next. We should all hope collectively that the Pixar of the East isn't done opening its heart to us all. With with the world so full of isolation, on the brink of full-scale environmental catastrophe, historic economic disparity, and perpetual war, we can use Ghibli's kind of hope more than ever.
That little girl in Miyazaki's movies? She's hope. Boundless and eternal. She's worth following.
Begun on the heels of the success of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind in 1985, a post-apocalyptic tale of the power of communication over the blind chaos and cataclysm of war, Studio Ghibli immediately enchanted the world. The movie manages to be post-apocalyptic, searingly political... but also damn adorable. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is a movie fit for children, despite the complex political gears turning underneath it's chubby, charming surface. To say that Adventure Time owes a huge debt to this film, and really the Studio Ghibli canon writ large, for leading the way down the river of darkly beautiful, thoughtful worlds covered in candy and light would be an understatement.
Lush, wild, innocent , and hopeful in the face of brutal possibility, these words describe Studio Ghibli's entire film history. They could also describe a baby covered in wildflowers fighting a wolf. So, that's pretty cool.
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