Worst to Best: Ranking Studio Ghibli Films

Topic started by Dream on April 26, 2011. Last post by wayintothe7thart 3 years, 10 months ago.
Post by ZombiePie (861 posts) See mini bio Level 15
Also I can't comment on the quality of My Neighbors the Yamadas because my uncle has a voice acting credit in that movie. My opinion is suspect.
Post by Golden Cod (2 posts) See mini bio Level 3
@afrofools said:

  1. Howl's Moving Castle - I love that movie how dare you not like it ;) Compared to most films out there, Howl's moving castle is much better so that book must be really good if it's better. - Watched it 3 times.

I'm not sure if you'd like the book if you liked the movie because they're not the same.   Miyazaki injected a lot of themes into the movie that weren't present in the book and drastically reinterpreted some of the characters.   The book author herself even said it was drastically different.   That's not to say that either can be appreciated in their own right.   Just don't expect it to be the movie in literary form.   As someone who read the book first and loved it, I'm deeply biased against the movie for trying to pass itself off as a  Diana Wynne Jones story when it's really a Miyazaki story.   It feels like one my beloved animation studios tried to pull a fast one on me :/
Post by lokilaufey (1 posts) See mini bio Level 3
I'd swap Ponyo and Nausicaa personally (I've never really cared for Nausicaa the way others have) but it's an interesting list nonetheless.

Even as a grown adult, I don't mind Ponyo's lightheartedness as it was specifically made with more emphasis on being for children. I never expected it to be serious or deal with heavy themes. It's actually one of the things I really liked about it. I could just sit back and enjoy this cute movie, and share it with my young young cousins if I liked as well. Totoro was a lot like that too, and Totoro (along with Spirited Away and Porco Rosso) is one of my favorite Ghibli films.
Post by tacosRcool (19 posts) See mini bio Level 7
I really enjoyed Grave of the Fireflies and it deserves to be at the top of the list
Post by bearshamanbro (17 posts) See mini bio Level 6
Nice list, I need to go back and watch some of the non-Miyazaki films on here. I think Princess Mononoke is the best of the ones that I have seen. The characters are so interesting and believable. Also, like you said how the all of the characters are justified from their POV makes it really rich. I would have Ponyo higher, but I'm conflcted as well. Like you said it didn't flesh out many of the themes that it brought up. However, there was something really genuine about the emotions in the movie which cut right to me. Spirited away was also one of my favorites. To me this movie had some really strong artistic qualities that were very strong and had more 'open to interpretation' qualities than his other films. The 'no-face' character and the train scenes at the end are scenes that seemed to challenge the viewer more than previous films (more abstract and personal than his usual).
Post by wayintothe7thart (1,079 posts) See mini bio Level 9
@Noire said:
" hm? I hated kiki's delivery service, but everyone here seems to like it  maybe I didn't give it a fair enough shake. "
I hate it too; it's just you.

@Noire said:
" Princess mononoke is my favorite with castle in the sky in close second. "

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