Studio Ghibli

The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata (4th Edition)

Media Type:Audiobook
Narrator(s):Abigail Reno
Publish Date:04/23/2024
Run Time:6 Hours, 55 Minutes
Publisher:Dreamscape Media


The animations of Japan’s Studio Ghibli are among the most respected in the movie industry. Their delightful films rank alongside the most popular non-English language films ever made, with each new eagerly anticipated release a guaranteed box-office hit. Yet this highly profitable studio has remained fiercely independent, producing a stream of imaginative and individual animations. The studio’s founders, the late Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki, have created timeless masterpieces. Although their films are distinctly Japanese, their themes are universal: humanity, community, and a love for the environment. No other film studio, animation or otherwise, comes close to matching Ghibli for pure cinematic experience.

Studio Ghibli examines all their major works, including Laputa: Castle in the Sky, Grave of the Fireflies, My Neighbour Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Only Yesterday, Porco Rosso, Pom Poko, Whisper of the Heart, Princess Mononoke, and Howl’s Moving Castle as well as the critically acclaimed Spirited Away and The Tale of Princess Kaguya. Odell and Le Blanc’s informed analysis also considers Studio Ghibli features such as Hayao Miyazaki’s Oscar-nominated final masterpiece The Wind Rises, When Marnie Was There, and the recent co-productions Ronja the Robber’s Daughter and Red Turtle.