A while ago Studio Ghibli announced that it was temporarliy stopping production after the retirement of director Hayao Miyazaki. Now I have read that the stoppage is not temporary and Studio Ghibli will close down permanently. Ghibli is a Japanese animation film studio famous for several animated films such as Kiki’s Delivery Service, Whisper of the Heart and My Neighbor Totoro.
The studio was founded in 1985 by the directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. The studio has mainly produced films by Miyazaki. Many of Ghibli’s works were distributed in Japan by Toho and internationally by the Walt Disney Company. Ghibli is a widely successful studio and in 2001 the Ghibli Museum opened in Tokyo. It contains exhibits based on the films and shows animations and short films by Studio Ghibli which are not available elsewhere.
Since 2007 I am living in Sweden and since 2012 I am the mother so I was very excited to hear in the beginning of this year that Goro Miyazaki will direct his first anime TV series for Studio Ghibli and Polygon Pictures. Why excited? Because the name of the TV series is Sanzoku no Musume Ronya, it is an adaption of Astrid Lindgren’s Ronia the Robber’s Daughter. Hope it will be finished and available outside Japan even though the studio is shutting down.
It is understandable that they will shut down because Hayao Miyazaki has been a key person in the success of Studio Ghibli. Mr Miyazaki has said many times he will retire but he confimed it in September 2013 at a press conference in Venice saying “I know I’ve said I would retire many times in the past. Many of you must think, ‘ Once again.’ But this time I am quite serious.
Studio Ghibli will be missed by many but I will make sure that their great work live on by introducing My Neighbor Totoro and the other animated films to my children when they are old enough to enjoy the great quality of the stories.