Studio Ghibli Possibly Shutting Down?

Topic started by Dream on Aug. 3, 2014. Last post by Destinyheroknight 3 months, 3 weeks ago.
Post by Dream (8,109 posts) See mini bio Level 21
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This may seem like a cruel joke, but appears to sadly be true. A number of news sources internationally have reported that Ghibli's General Manager Toshio Suzuki announced on a Japanese news talk show today that the studio will be shutting down its animation studio. The studio will be transitioning to licensing and merchandising characters and trademarks from its various classic films, as well as keeping a small staff on hand to take part in "Miyazaki projects" that are yet to be revealed. The reasons for the shut down of the animation studio are heavily rumored to be due to Hayao Miyazaki's retirement from animation direction last year and financial issues that plagued the studio over the past year as one of their recent films, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, underperformed in box office earnings in Japanese theaters as it only earned back half the money spent for its animation budget. The studio's final film, When Marnie Was There, was recently released in Japanese theaters on July 19.

UPDATE: Have some additional details on this news. It looks like many of the news sources may have misunderstood Suzuki's announcement regarding Studio Ghibli's future due to a mistranslation. Anime News Network is reporting that the studio is currently taking a hiatus from future animated works to plan out and restructure the company, with the possibility of releasing some among its production department or even completely shutting down any future animation production. It would seem things are still uncertain with the future of the studio for now, but all is not doom and gloom right now.

Post by Vapovile (2,158 posts) See mini bio Level 16
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...what?! I always thought Studio Ghibli had more money than most other anime production studios combined. I mean, they have a partnership with Disney and it's empire. Sad to hear this :(

Post by takashichea (13,772 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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I'm surprised at this. I thought Studio Ghibli was doing well, but I never read its financial reports.

Things don't always work out when you have partnership with big companies and a small company. I can't remember this fact well, but there was a time Disney laid off hundreds or thousands of workers due to technology. CG is replacing hand drawn animation.

Post by Kobra678 (3,453 posts) See mini bio Level 15

Man, that sucks. Studio Ghibli was always one of the better animation studios.

Post by Dream (8,109 posts) See mini bio Level 21
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@Vapovile: The last film Disney released on Ghibli's behalf internationally was The Borrowers Arrietty in 2012, while separate companies both theatrically (GKids) and for home video (New Video Group) released From Up on Poppy Hill. I don't want to assume things, but it looks like there may have been signs since last year that the studio may not been in good spirits.

Post by Supreme Marvel (5,212 posts) See mini bio Level 12

SUCKS!!

Post by phantomrant (1,440 posts) See mini bio Level 10

What a trying year for anime......

Post by Dream (8,109 posts) See mini bio Level 21
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Have an update on this story that I've just posted above kudos to Anime News Network.

Post by takashichea (13,772 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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Taking a hiatus is a trouble sign. Maybe, it was because they couldn't find someone to be Miyazaki's successor and lead the company's future.

Post by Bigheart711 (4,181 posts) See mini bio Level 21

I'm gonna miss them dearly if they are shutting down. :(

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"Suzuki discussed the great changes that the entire studio is undergoing at the studio's shareholders meeting, and mused that these changes may include dismantling the production department. While there has been talk among some about dissolving the studio outright, Suzuki emphasized that the truth is that the studio is considering "housecleaning" or restructuring for now. The end result would be "rebuilding" the studio and creating an environment for the next generation." - via ANN

The article sounds like they're planning to bring up a successor, but this is still quite troubling either way considering on how the financial reports sound like.

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@takashichea: Or perhaps being too dependent on Hayao Miyazaki's success to carry them along. Animation directors, beyond Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, who worked with the studio have either died (Yoshifumi Kondo) or were incapable of being up to Miyazaki's caliber as a director (Goro Miyazaki and Hiroyuki Morita).

Post by takashichea (13,772 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@Dream:

That's bad, too. I have to brush up on this company. I remember Miyazaki said he retired, but he still kept working. He wanted to give a chance to the younger generation.

Post by Destinyheroknight (10,376 posts) See mini bio Level 21

I'm sad, I'll miss Ghibli if they close down

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