About Studio Ghibli
Fan art by Hyung 86
Just outside Tokyo, magic is being made by a world-renowned animation studio. In this little corner of the planet a collective of several hundred talented individuals bring alive gentle and fantastical creatures, emotive stories and the wild imaginations of children and adults alike. This is, of course, Studio Ghibli. It began in 1985 after the success of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. So far Studio Ghibli has produced eighteen feature films, beginning with Castle in the Sky in 1986. You can also find on the I Love Totoro website the full list of Studio Ghibli films. Eight of Studio Ghibli’s films are among the 15 highest-grossing anime films made in Japan, with Spirited Away being the highest.
Who founded Studio Ghibli?
The studio was founded by Hayao Miyazaki and producer Toshio Suzuki (who was part of the production team on the film Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind), and it was Miyazaki who also invited Isao Takahata to join the new studio. In 2008 Suzuki stepped down from the position of Studio Ghibli president and Koji Hoshino (former president of Walt Disney Japan) took over. It is Miyazaki whom the studio has become most synonymous with though, since he has produced the majority of the films
About Hayao Miyazaki
He has been called a genius, the greatest living animation director and according to Pixar chief John Lasseter, “one of the greatest filmmakers of our time”. We at I Love Totoro couldn't agree more.
Miyasaki was born 5 January 1941 and began his animation career when he joined Toei Animation in 1961. He worked in the industry throughout the 70s and directed his first feature film Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro which was released in 1979. It was his next film, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, that led to the beginnings of Studio Ghibli.