Common Themes and Motifs of Studio Ghibli
Environmentalism is one common theme that is deployed within the Studio Ghibli films; even the Studio Ghibli headquarters is surrounded and covered by natural vegetation. In Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984) Nausicaa’s goal in the film is to find out what is making Nature act out against the humans. This is also the case within Princess Mononoke (1997) where nature takes on the form of...
Spirited Away Movie Link →
mise-en-scene Spirited Away (2001) was Studio Ghibli’s most notable movie that has been lavished with over 35 awards (“Spirited away (2001)”). The main setting of the movie takes place in a classical Japanese bath house. This bath house is full of wood architecture with the occasional concrete hiding in places not seen by the public. The other main areas explored within the film are...
Global Success of Studio Ghibli
Studio Ghibli has been described as the most successful animation studio outside of Hollywood (Odell & Le Blanc, 2009). For instance, Studio Ghibli is finding success all the way down in Australia having earned $1 million at the national box office and $1.5 million in DVD and video sales. Lynden Barber describes how Studio Ghibli’s films have moved from cult favorites to family favorites for...