Studio Ghibli, 25 Years Of Creative Inspiration

Studio Ghibli is one of Japan’s most pristine animation studios which was founded by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. Creating stunning visuals and character design Studio Ghibli using free hand and digital paint.

Hayao Miyazaki is quoted to say “hand drawing on paper is the fundamental of animation” and decided not to use CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) for most of the famous title “Princess Mononoke”, but was forced to due to meeting strict deadlines.

I have always been a huge fan of traditional art involving no computer assistance and Hayao Miyazaki thought the same with shutting down operations of their computer animation department before the production of “Ponyo”

Today I will take you back to 1985 to present, showcasing work from the major Studio Ghibli releases which will take most us back to our childhood!  Also please let us know which your favourite film was in the comments below!

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) – Kaze no tani no Naushika

Castle in the Sky (1986) – Tenkû no shiro Rapyuta

Can you spot the hidden character in the above, taken from another Studio Ghibli title?

My Neighbour Totoro (1988) – Tonari no Totoro

Porco Rosso (1992) – Kurenai no buta

Princess Mononoke (1997) – Mononoke-hime

Spirited Away (2001) – Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi

Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) – Hauru no ugoku shiro

Relating to character design, you can see several similarities in each film which is something I believe works well, as you see familiar faces appear in other films. If you enjoyed this trip down inspiration lane, I can continue with this series showcasing work from other well known animation studios.

Final thought, what are your opinions on hand drawn animation opposed to CGI?

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind


    • I didn’t want to showcase all, or I would be still working on the showcase till tomorrow as all films are great! Missed Kiki’s Delivery Service to!

  1. On traditional animation vs. CGI…

    Story first, everything else is just dressings. Studio Ghibli and Pixar Animation Studios are 2 of the only studios that have batted a thousand in terms of successful films; and both houses, though completely different in medium, follow that one simple rule. Story is key above all else. After all, regardless of if a story is told in traditional animation or CGI, everything begins with pencil and paper.

  2. “Princess Mononoke” or “Spirited Away” are our favourite cartoon movies. Nice story, very nice style of animation, pictures. We (me and my son :-)) are going to watch also Ponyo. We look forward to it.

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