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A world-famous Japanese animation studio.
Studio Ghibli is the world-famous animation studio founded in 1985 by Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, a subsidiary of Tokuma Shoten and initially mostly staffed by former employees of Topcraft. It is famous primarily for Hayao Miyazaki's films, such as Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, and My Neighbor Totoro (whose primary character is the logo of the company).
It has subsequently produced many of the most popular and acclaimed anime of the last 20 years, including My Neighbor Totoro, Grave of the Fireflies, and Kiki's Delivery Service. Notable members include Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, and producer Toshio Suzuki, a former editor of Tokuma's Animage magazine, whose contacts ensure that the publication continues to get Ghibli-related exclusives. Ghibli became nominally independent of its parent company in 1992, but merged with Tokuma in 1997, after a deal struck the previous year with Disney to distribute Ghibli titles outside Japan-technically, it is now known as the Studio Ghibli Company. The most conspicuous effect was the higher profile distribution of Princess Mononoke in the United States. Miyazaki's next film, Spirited Away, was the first anime to win a Best Feature Animation Oscar.
The studio became fully independent from Tokuma once more in 2005. As the founder generation nears retirement, the studio shows signs of diversifying, Disney-style, into other market sectors peripheral to filmmaking. There is now a Ghibli clothes label and a Ghibli Museum, and in a controversial decision, the studio's Tales of Earthsea was directed by Hayao Miyazaki's son Goro, in what appears to have been an attempt to establish the word "Miyazaki" itself as a brand independent of the man who made it famous.
|Company Name||Studio Ghibli|
|Romaji Name:||Kabushiki Gaisha Sutajio Jiburi|
|Street Address||1-4-25, Kajino-cho|
|Date Founded||June 1, 1985, midnight|