Founded in June of 1985 by Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata and Toshio Suzuki, Studio Ghibli quickly rose in stature as a powerhouse in terms of animated films in Japan and abroad. With films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle to their credit, the name Studio Ghibli soon carried a lot of weight in the industry… enough to land Disney as a North American distributor, despite a firm no-cuts policy.
For this episode of Popcorn Ronin, Vince and I each selected one Studio Ghibli film to discuss. I chose the immensely popular Spirited Away, a film which impressed upon me at the time the importance of strong characters and powerful writing; while Vince chose Grave of the Fireflies, without a doubt, the most heart wrenching of Studio Ghibli’s films.
We sat down yesterday and over the course of an hour, shared our thoughts on both of these amazing films. Let us know in the comments what you thought of the episode, or which film you’d have chosen to discuss.
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