Japan, where it is known for its animated or anime movies, and Studio Ghibli is a studio that has a huge fanbase for all of their works. In the past few decades, since the early 1980s, Studio Ghibli has created a lot of animated cartoons with beautiful images, diverse themes shown in the film, cute cartoon characters, scenes that appear in attraction movies, etc. There are many reasons that audiences love studio ghibli films so much. Several films have become one of the highest-grossing movies in the world and have also received numerous awards and accolades, not to mention the Oscars. It’s hard to resist enjoying all the movies from the studio ghibli collection. Choosing the right movie for each theme to continue exploring, which topic will you start from? Along WIIN channel exploring the content Studio ghibli collection blueray: An indispensable guide.
A fantasy with a strong environmental message
Princess Mononoke was released in 1997, it was Ghibli’s most successful movie until Spirited Away. Even with its lush greenery, beautiful landscape and play of colors, this movie takes a darker look at the conflict between nature and humans. Like many other Studio ghibli movies, this movie delves deep into nature and how people are hell bent on destroying it. The protagonist is caught between the two sides: the one who wants to destroy the beautiful forest and the one that will do anything to save it. The hero eventually succeeds in preventing a bloody war.
The children asked to see a movie about the goldfish
Watch the utterly charming and at times very exciting Ponyo (2008). That is the name given to a goldfish found by a young boy called Sōsuke, but in reality she is one of many shape-shifting siblings who live in an underwater community off Japan’s coast. Her father fears she has been kidnapped, and launches an assault on the human world to get her back. There’s an extremely tense tsunami scene and meditations on the true nature of friendship between Sōsuke and goldfish.
Watch the films chronologically
Let’s start with Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind movie, it’s movie led to the creation of Studio Ghibli. An animated fantasy-adventure. Set one thousand years from now, the Earth is ravaged by pollution and war. In the Valley of the Wind lives Nausicaä, Princess of her people. Their land borders on a toxic jungle, filled with dangerous over-sized insects. Meanwhile, two nearby nations are bitterly engaged in a war and the Valley of the Wind is stuck in the middle. Warrior and pacifist Princess Nausicaä desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet.
Movie about witches flying
Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989) is the story of a young witch, named Kiki who is now 13 years old. But she is still a little green and plenty headstrong, but also resourceful, imaginative, and determined. With her trusty wisp of a talking cat named Jiji by her side she’s ready to take on the world, or at least the quaintly European seaside village she’s chosen as her new home. A young witch, in her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.
The movie was received Oscar winner
Beginning with Spirited Away (2001), which won the best animated feature trophy at the 2003 Academy Awards, this is often the movie that has introduced people to Ghibli. Chihiro and her parents are moving to a small Japanese town in the countryside, much to Chihiro’s dismay. On the way to their new home, Chihiro’s father makes a wrong turn and drives down a lonely one-lane road which dead-ends in front of a tunnel. They go through the tunnel and find an abandoned amusement park on the other side, with its own little town. When her parents see a restaurant with great-smelling food but no staff, they decide to eat and pay later. However, Chihiro refuses to eat and decides to explore the theme park a bit more, then she finds that her parents have turned into pigs. In addition, the theme park turns out to be a town inhabited by demons, spirits, and evil gods. At the center of the town is a bathhouse where these creatures go to relax.
The movie with Totoro symbol image
Then you need My Neighbour Totoro (1988) in your life. This is the movie that launched a million plush toys and the titular wood spirit – a big, cuddly, furry monster – is the symbol of Studio Ghibli. Two young girls, 10-year-old Satsuki and her 4-year-old sister Mei, move into a house in the country with their father to be closer to their hospitalized mother. Satsuki and Mei discover that the nearby forest is inhabited by magical creatures called Totoros (pronounced toe-toe-ro). They soon befriend these Totoros, and have several magical adventures.
The movie about shapeshifting raccoons
Pom Poko (1994) is like nothing you’ve ever seen before and you’re just going to have to watch it. As the human city development encroaches on the raccoon dog population’s forest and meadow habitat, the raccoon dogs find themselves faced with the very real possibility of extinction. In response, the raccoon dogs engage in a desperate struggle to prevent their forest home from being destroyed by urban development.
The childrens want a fairytale fantasy
You can begin watching the first movie Howl’s Moving Castle, it’s about a love story between an 18-year-old girl named Sophie, cursed by a witch into an old woman’s body, and a magician named Howl. Under the curse, Sophie sets out to seek her fortune, which takes her to Howl’s strange moving castle. In the castle, Sophie meets Howl’s fire demon, named Karishifaa. Seeing that she is under a curse, the demon makes a deal with Sophie–if she breaks the contract he is under with Howl, then Karushifâ will lift the curse that Sophie is under, and she will return to her 18-year-old shape.
The movie will leave you feeling a little shell-shocked
What we have with “Grave of the Fireflies,” is a story of innocence lost and two children who ultimately face a losing battle while trying to survive in a small Japanese village in the closing days of World War II. World War II was the costliest conflict in world history, with millions dead and thousands left to pick up the pieces. In the center of it, are the aforementioned two children, who are pretty much left to fend for themselves after their mother is killed in a bombing raid. Because their father is off fighting in the war and they have no way of contacting any other family, they’re sent to live with their aunt, who is at first warm and welcoming to them, but eventually becomes very cruel and the children are forced to live in a nearby bomb shelter. From that point on, the two children embark on a journey that is every bit as unpleasant and difficult as the grim realities of the world around them.
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