Holly and I both love Studio Ghibli films, so we didn't hesitate for a moment after getting a request from listener Lissa to talk about the studio. Our thoughts:
- My first exposure to Miyazaki: I claim it was "Howl's Moving Castle," but upon looking at the dates, I'm almost certain that's wrong
- "My Neighbor Totoro"
- "Princess Mononoke"
- "Nausicaa and the Valley of the Wind"
- The basics: Studio Ghibli is a Japanese animation studio was co-founded by Hayao Miyazaki and and Isao Takahata in 1985
- Disney's distribution of Studio Ghibli
- Some of the other more well-known Ghibli films in the U.S.: "Spirited Away," "Ponyo" and "The Secret World of Arrietty"
- Some of the less well-known Ghibli films in the U.S.: "Kiki's Delivery Service," "Castle in the Sky," "Porco Rosso," and "Whisper of the Heart"
- The saddest of them all: "Grave of the Fireflies"
- How to watch: Japanese with subtitles or re-recorded with American voice actors?
- The preponderance of young female heroines in Studio Ghibli movies, especially in "Spirited Away"
- The influence of Japanese mythology in the art and background elements of Studio Ghibli films
- The "Spirited Beasts" exhibit at Epcot
- Tengu, which are human-bird warriors in Japanese mythology, and their similarity to Howl in "Howl's Moving Castle"
- "Howl's Moving Castle" papercraft!
- My favorites: "My Neighbor Totoro" and "Howl's Moving Castle"
- Holly's favorite: "Spirited Away" and "The Cat Returns"
- Miyazaki's lack of outlining or writing before storyboarding
- The speed of artwork in Japanese animation studios
- Miyazaki's candor about how his movies have to be profitable as well as satisfying him artistically
- No cuts! And a possibly apocryphal story involving a samurai sword
- Our theories on why Studio Ghibli movies are drawing an audience in the U.S.
- "Paprika" and how I need to watch "Akira" and have already watched "Ghost in the Shell"
- Not having to do with any of this, but with movies that don't go the way you expect: "Once"
- "The Secret World of Arrietty," "The Borrowers" and "The Littles" (which you can find on Hulu!)
- "Tales from Earthsea"
- Listener mail! Another from "How to Build a Southerner for Your TV Show or Movie." It's from Susan, and it's about dialects and accents in the South
- How Movie Distribution Works
Episode link: Introduction to Studio Ghibli
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