people: Studio Ghibli

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2017


'Ocean Waves': There's Something About Muto
A trifle of a film, but it doesn't overstate its importance or overstay its welcome, and it shows how Studio Ghibli gave as much care to stories like this as they did for any of Miyazaki's fantasias
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Anime Roundup: April 7, 2017
'Mind Game' coming back to home video thanks to Kickstarter; 'AKIRA' might get the 'Get Out' director; Ghibli classics coming to theaters near you
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2016


On Three Anime Oscar Candidates (Plus Two More, Sort Of)
Japan has three pictures in the running for Best Animated Feature Film in this year's Oscars, with two others influenced by Japan. It's a shame none of them are likely to win
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'Only Yesterday': All The Things I Was
Unseen in English since its original 1991 release, this Isao Takahata/Studio Ghibli production was more than worth the wait, and not just for its name recognition
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2015


'When Marnie Was There': My Girl
The last Studio Ghibli film, at least for now, aims for the good-hearted timelessness of all the studio's best films, and by and large achieves it
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'The Tale of the Princess Kaguya': Her Life To Live
So much more than just a lavish Classics Illustrated story, Isao Takahata's brush-painted picture scroll of a movie asks where the real meaning of any of our lives lies
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On 'Princess Kaguya's Lack Of An Oscar
What if the real meaning of 'Kaguya's Oscar loss is that we should stop waiting for validation from all the wrong places?
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'Porco Rosso': A Red Pig On The Wing
With this pre-WWII adventure, Hayao Miyazaki gave audiences young and old both a rollicking romp and a thoughtful drama, both in complement and not conflict
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'Pom Poko': An Imitation Of Life
It's easy to overlook how many layers of meaning there are in Studio Ghibli's bawdy, raucous tale of shapeshifting raccoons holding out against human encroachment -- especially when you're laughing this hard
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2014


'The Wind Rises': The Man With His Head In The Clouds
Hayao Miyazaki's final bow as a director is a down note -- an aimless, shallow, and all-too-fictive biopic that never engages with the moral questions at the heart of its own story
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'Princess Mononoke': The Blood Of Eden
Let's not shy away from calling this not only Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki's greatest achievement, but one of the finest of all films, animated or not
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'Kiki's Delivery Service': Little Witch In The Big City
At the heart of Hayao Miyazaki's most effortlessly charming film is a character of equal charm, learning her magic alone isn't what is most important about her
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If These Be The Last Days Of Studio Ghibli ...
... then at least let the industry learn the right things from its passing
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On Older Anime Characters: A Touch Of Gray Would Suit Us Anyway
When will we see older characters in anime as things other than supporting cast members, comic relief, or objects of repugnance?
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Why Miyazaki's 'Otaku' Problem Is Everyone's Problem
A creative industry shouldn't be led by its own least common denominator of taste
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2013


Why There Will Be No 'Next Miyazaki'
It's a mistake to use Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli as a yardstick for other anime creators -- and not despite their greatness, but because of it
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'My Neighbor Totoro': Miyazaki's Arcadia
On seeing My Neighbor Totoro's childhood paradise on earth through adult eyes
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