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 #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 […]