Project Ghibli #8: Grave of the Fireflies

Original Release: 16th April 1988 Director(s): Isao Takahata Producer(s): Toru Hara Screenwriter(s): Isao Takahata Alternative Title(s): Apologies, we’re late again with this entry. In truth though, neither of us could stomach watching this one over the weekend. Released as a double feature with the next film in our series, the two couldn’t be more different. Grave of the Fireflies is […]

Project Ghibli #7: Laputa: Castle in the Sky

Original Release: 02nd August 1986 Director(s): Hayao Miyazaki Producer(s): Isao Takahata Screenwriter(s): Hayao Miyazaki Alternative Title(s): The success of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind afforded Director Hayao Miyazaki and Producer Toshio Suzuki, with some additional financial backing, to strike out on their own with the formation of Studio Ghibli in June 1985. Suzuki was Editor of Animage […]

Project Ghibli #6: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Original Release: 11th March 1984 Director(s): Hayao Miyazaki Producer(s): Isao Takahata Screenwriter(s): Hayao Miyazaki Alternative Title(s): We’ve had a busy couple of weeks, but time to pick up where we left off with the next instalment in our series. We’re entering more recognisable territory here with Nausicaä being affectionately considered the beginning of Studio Ghibli, despite being released before its official founding […]

Project Ghibli #5: Gauche the Cellist

Original Release: 23rd January 1982 Director(s): Isao Takahata Producer(s): Kôichi Murata Screenwriter(s): Isao Takahata Alternative Title(s): Gōshu the Cellist We’re back after a brief hiatus with a change of pace yet again from Director Isao Takahata. Where before we had the bawdy humour of Chie the Brat, and the childlike innocence of Panda! Go, Panda!, Gauche […]

Project Ghibli #4: Chie The Brat

Original Release: 11th April 1981 Director(s): Isao Takahata Producer(s): Hidenori Taga and Tetsuo Katayama Screenwriter(s): Isao Takahata and Noboru Shiroyama Alternative Title(s): Downtown Story / Jarinko Chie / Kié La Petite Peste Our fourth film by Director Isao Takahata is a bit of a wildcard. Originally released in Japan in 1981 and later in France […]

Project Ghibli #3: The Castle of Cagliostro

Original Release: 15th December 1979 Director(s): Hayao Miyazaki Producer(s): Tetsuo Katayama Screenwriter(s): Haruya Yamasaki and Hayao Miyazaki Alternative Title(s): Lupin the Third: Castle of Cagliostro This next film on our list is quite a departure from those we’ve already seen. Where The Little Norse Prince gave us a square-jawed hero of the people, and the […]

Project Ghibli #2: Panda! Go, Panda! and The Rainy-Day Circus

Original Release: 17th December 1972 (Panda! Go, Panda!) and 17th March 1973 (The Rainy-Day Circus) Director(s): Isao Takahata Producer(s): Shunzo Kato Screenwriter(s): Hayao Miyazaki Alternative Title(s): Panda Kopanda (Literally Panda, Baby Panda) / Panda Kopanda and The Rainy-Day Circus After Toei Animation, both Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki joined A Production in 1971 where they were reunited with their […]

Project Ghibli #1:The Little Norse Prince

Original Release: 21st July 1968 Director(s): Isao Takahata Producer(s): Hiroshi Okawa Screenwriter(s): Kazuo Fukazawa Alternative Title(s): The Great Adventure of Horus, Prince of the Sun / Little Norse Prince Valiant We start off Project Ghibli with a look, not at the first Studio Ghibli release, but at the directorial debut of one of the studio’s […]

Introducing: Project Ghibli

It will come as no surprise to those of you who know me to confess that I adore animation. From the 80s cartoons that I watched growing up – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Thundercats, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Count Duckula – and many beloved Disney feature films – The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the […]