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 #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 […]

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 […]