Studio Ghibli Shutting Down Operations
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 08.03.2014
Legendary animation studio is coming to an end...
In one of the saddest blows to theatrical animation in a long, long time, the iconic Studio Ghibli is shutting down. Ghibli, for those not in the know, is the Japanese animation house that is best known for the works of Hayao Miyazaki. Miyazaki is an Oscar-winning animation film creator who has done such instant classics as Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away (for which he won the Oscar), Howl's Moving Castle and Ponyo. The studio has also produced films such as Tales from Earthsea, the adaptation of Ursula LeGuin's famous fantasy series, and what is one of the best animated films of all-time in Grave of the Fireflies.
The news was announced by Studio Ghibli general manager Toshio Suzuki on Japanese television (reported by Oh-Totoro.com). You can see a rough translation of the report below, which basically says that the animation feature film department will be shutteed with a small staff staying behind to focus on trademarked material.
Just moments ago, Toshio Suzuki, Studio Ghibli producer, announced on the TV show of the MBS Jounetsu Tairiku chain effectively as announced as sources close to the studio, Studio Ghibli will close and production studio anime, leaving himself only as a company that will manage its trademarks. As stated in the program's producer, "the production department of anime will be dismantled," which coincides with the data that we gave in our previous post on this decision had been taken from spring after the poor reception at the box office of Kaguya-hime no Monogatari.
In the interview, Suzuki has also admitted that it was a major setback for the study progress Hayao Miyazaki*, one of the reasons already unveiled the portal Rakuten Woman. Once we have access to the full TV interview, adding more data. No doubt that this is a very sad news for Japanese animation, of which we are all fans, because it is undeniable everything Studio Ghibli has given the anime. Please remember that what will be his last film, Omoide no Marnie, premiered at the Japanese box office on 19 July.
Miyaszaki retired last year after finishing The Wind Rises and gave the studio's reins over Suzuki. The studio's last feature film will be When Marie Was There, which was released in Japan on July 19th and has no US release date as of yet.