Studio Ghibli

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A world-famous Japanese animation studio.


One of Japan's most famous animation studios, Ghibli was formed by Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata on June 15, 1985 following the success of their film, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. The studio is funded through the media company, Tokuma Shoten, and many of the studio's films have been directed by Miyazaki. Eight of their films are among the highest-grossing Japanese animated films that have ever been made, with Spirited Away currently the highest grossing anime film by making nearly $275 million internationally. They have won many awards for their films, many of which having won Animage's Anime Grand Prix award and Spirited Away being the only Japanese animated film to date to successfully win an American Academy Award. The studio's future is presently uncertain as Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement from directing any future animated films for Ghibli in 2013 following his work on The Wind Rises and the studio announcing that they were taking a hiatus from future animated film development the following year as they reassess their studio operations since Miyazaki's retirement.

The Disney-Tokuma Deal

One of the most famous American developments involving the world of anime came from the deal struck between Tokuma Shoten and the Walt Disney Corporation in 1996 that gave Disney theatrical, TV broadcast and home video distribution rights to many of the films within the Studio Ghibli film library to most parts of the world, except for Asia. The first Ghibli film released to home video under this deal was Kiki's Delivery Service and the deal also allowed Disney to theatrically release Ghibli's most recent animated film project at that time, Princess Mononoke.

As part of the deal, Ghibli enforces a strict policy that prevents Disney from making any edits to their films. This policy came about when Ghibli got word that Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind was heavily edited for video release in 1985 by New World Pictures to market the film towards children and was renamed Warriors of the Wind. The release upset Ghibli and the studio's fans, with Hayao Miyazaki suggesting to fans to forget that the film ever existed. A notable instance of this policy being enforced was when Miramax, a sister company of the Disney Corporation, contacted Ghibli to request some scenes in Princess Mononoke to get cut to make it more marketable for its theatrical release. In response, the studio mailed an actual katana to Miramax's co-chairman Harvey Weinstein that came with a simple message: "no cuts".

The only film that Disney was not allowed to release under the deal was Grave of the Fireflies. This was because the movie was produced by a separate media company named Shinchosa when Ghibli was putting together a double-feature bill for theatrical release in 1988 with Grave and My Neighbor Totoro. American home video distribution rights to Grave of the Fireflies originally belonged to Central Park Media and are currently handled by Sentai Filmworks.


Note: While many consider Nausicaa a Ghibli film, the film was made before Ghibli's official formation in 1985 hence its lack of addition on this list.

TitleRelease DateDirector
Castle in the SkyAugust 2, 1986Hayao Miyazaki
My Neighbor TotoroApril 16, 1988Hayao Miyazaki
Grave of the FirefliesApril 16, 1988Isao Takahata
Kiki's Delivery ServiceJuly 29, 1989Hayao Miyazaki
Only YesterdayJuly 20, 1991Isao Takahata
Porco RossoJuly 28, 1992Hayao Miyazaki
Ocean WavesMay 5, 1993Tomomi Mochizuki
Pom PokoJuly 16, 1994Isao Takahata
Whisper of the HeartJuly 15, 1995Yoshifumi Kondo
Princess MononokeJuly 12, 1997Hayao Miyazaki
My Neighbors the YamadasJuly 17, 1999Isao Takahata
Spirited AwayJuly 27, 2001Hayao Miyazaki
The Cat ReturnsJuly 19, 2002Hiroyuki Morita
Howl's Moving CastleNovember 20, 2004Hayao Miyazaki
Tales from EarthseaJuly 29, 2006Goro Miyazaki
PonyoJuly 19, 2008Hayao Miyazaki
The Borrowers ArriettyJuly 17, 2010Hiromasa Yonebayashi
From Up on Poppy HillJuly 16, 2011Goro Miyazaki
The Wind RisesJuly 20, 2013Hayao Miyazaki
The Tale of Princess KaguyaNovember 23, 2013Isao Takahata
When Marnie Was ThereJuly 19, 2014Hiromasa Yonebayashi
General Information Edit
Company Name Studio Ghibli
Japanese Name: 株式会社スタジオジブリ
Romaji Name: Kabushiki Gaisha Sutajio Jiburi
Street Address 1-4-25, Kajino-cho
City Koganeishi
Country Japan
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Date Founded June 15, 1985, midnight
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