Review: Mary And The Witch’s Flower

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi It was a few years into Studio Ghibli's existence before Hayao Miyazaki brought My Neightbour Totoro to the world and finally settled on the iconic logo which become synonymous with the company ever since. Ghibli now rests in a state of semi-hibernation. In its wake, rising star Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Arrietty, When Marnie Was There) opens … Continue reading Review: Mary And The Witch’s Flower

Review: The Red Turtle

Director: Michael Dudok de Wit The sun hasn't quite set on Studio Ghibli. Chiefly there's the promise of a further farewell feature from the great Hayao Miyazaki in the form of Boro The Caterpillar, but for right now there's their identifiable involvement in this feature presentation from master animator Micharl Dudok de Wit. Ghibli take a … Continue reading Review: The Red Turtle

Review: When Marnie Was There

If the heartbreaking news is true, then When Marnie Was There represents quite probably the final feature film to be released by the long-standing animation house Studio Ghibli, who for nearly 30 years have been producing rich and beautiful films, many of which have become beloved across the globe. This title, released in its native Japan back … Continue reading Review: When Marnie Was There

Review: The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya

With Hayao Miyazaki now in retirement (though with a few rumours to the contrary also banding around) the future for Studio Ghibli seems a little uncertain. Adding fuel to this is the arrival of the supposed swan song from Isao Takahata, Miyazaki's co-founder of the esteemed Japanese animation studio. An adaptation of the Japanese folk … Continue reading Review: The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya

Review: The Wind Rises

Is this really it? The end of an era? Excuse me if there's a lump in my throat. Please, sir, say it ain't so? Shake a magic 8 ball. "All signs point to yes". Balls. Well, as swansongs so, this is pretty much how you want to do it. The Wind Rises, the great master Hayao … Continue reading Review: The Wind Rises

Review: From Up On Poppy Hill

Goro Miyazaki, son of Studio Ghibli's grand master Hayao Miyazaki, has been unfairly wearing the millstone of Tales Of Earthsea around his neck for over half a decade now. Earthsea was not a bad movie, but with the expectation that comes from passing the torch to a family member, coupled with Ghibli's explosion in popularity, it was … Continue reading Review: From Up On Poppy Hill

Review: Ponyo

***originally written 18 February 2010*** Ponyo is the latest effort from the wonderful Japanese hand-drawn animation folk at Studio Ghibli and concerns a small red fish that obtains the magical powers to transform into a five year old girl, thus unwittingly triggering the apocalyptic descent of the moon. Obviously. This fish is named Ponyo by … Continue reading Review: Ponyo

Why I Love… #4: My Neighbour Totoro

Year: 1988 Director: Hayao Miyazaki Genre: Animation / Fantasy My Neighbour Totoro is one of my favourite films of all time. Plain and simple. I love it. I never get tired of it. I’m a fan of Studio Ghibli’s output, and recognise the virtuoso brilliance of their grander scale epics such as Princess Mononoke and … Continue reading Why I Love… #4: My Neighbour Totoro