Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli, Inc.
Kabushiki gaisha
Industry Motion pictures
Video games
TV commercials
Predecessor Topcraft
Founded Tokyo, Japan
(June 15, 1985 (1985-06-15))
Headquarters Koganei, Tokyo, Japan
Key people
Koji Hoshino
(Executive director, President)
Hayao Miyazaki
Toshio Suzuki
(Executive director)
Products Animated feature films (anime), television films, commercials, live-action films
¥1.426 billion (2011)
Total assets ¥15.77 billion (2011)
Owner Tokuma Shoten (1999–2005)
Independent (2005–present)
Number of employees

Studio Ghibli, Inc. (株式会社スタジオジブリ Kabushiki-gaisha Sutajio Jiburi) is a Japanese animation film studio based in Koganei, Tokyo, Japan.[1] The studio is best known for its anime feature films, and has also produced several short films, television commercials, and one television film. It was founded on June 15, 1985 after the success of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984), with funding by Tokuma Shoten.

Eight of Studio Ghibli's films are among the 15 highest-grossing anime films made in Japan, with Spirited Away (2001) being the highest, grossing over US$290 million worldwide. Many of their works have won the Animage Anime Grand Prix award, and four have won the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year. Five of Studio Ghibli's films received Academy Award nominations in the United States. Spirited Away won a Golden Bear in 2002 and an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film in 2003. Totoro, a character from My Neighbour Totoro is the studio's mascot.

On August 3, 2014, Studio Ghibli announced it was temporarily halting production following the retirement of director Hayao Miyazaki, who co-founded the studio with Isao Takahata.[2][3]


The name Ghibli was given by Hayao Miyazaki from the Italian noun "ghibli", based on the Libyan-Arabic name for the hot desert wind of that country, the idea being the studio would "blow a new wind through the anime industry".[4][5] It also refers to an Italian aircraft, the Caproni Ca.309 Ghibli.[4] Although the Italian word is pronounced with a hard ɡ, the Japanese pronunciation of the studio's name is with a soft g, [dʑíbu͍ɾi].


Three of the four founders of Studio Ghibli. From top to bottom: Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, Toshio Suzuki.

Founded on June 15, 1985, the studio is headed by the directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and the producer Toshio Suzuki. Prior to the formation of the studio, Miyazaki and Takahata had already had long careers in Japanese film and television animation and had worked together on Hols: Prince of the Sun and Panda! Go, Panda!; and Suzuki was an editor at Tokuma Shoten's Animage manga magazine.

The studio was founded after the success of the 1984 film Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, written and directed by Miyazaki for Topcraft and distributed by Toei Company. The origins of the film lie in the first two volumes of a serialized manga written by Miyazaki for publication in Animage as a way of generating interest in an anime version.[5][6] Suzuki was part of the production team on the film and founded Studio Ghibli with Miyazaki, who also invited Takahata to join the new studio.

The studio has mainly produced films by Miyazaki, with the second most prolific director being Takahata (most notably with Grave of the Fireflies). Other directors who have worked with Studio Ghibli include Yoshifumi Kondo, Hiroyuki Morita, Gorō Miyazaki, and Hiromasa Yonebayashi. Composer Joe Hisaishi has provided the soundtracks for most of Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli films. In their book Anime Classics Zettai!, Brian Camp and Julie Davis made note of Michiyo Yasuda as "a mainstay of Studio Ghibli’s extraordinary design and production team".[7] At one time the studio was based in Kichijōji, Musashino, Tokyo.[8]

In August 1996, Disney and Tokuma Shoten Publishing agreed that Disney would distribute internationally Tokuma's Studio Ghibli animated films.[9]

Many of Ghibli's films in Japan are theatrically distributed by Toho while home video releases are handled by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Japan.[10] Wild Bunch holds the international sales rights to many of Ghibli's films.[11] Ghibli's main international distribution partners also include Disney (Japan Home Video, Taiwan, North America Home Video, France),[10][11] GKIDS (North America),[12] StudioCanal UK, and Madman Entertainment (Australia).

Over the years, there has been a close relationship between Studio Ghibli and the magazine Animage, which regularly runs exclusive articles on the studio and its members in a section titled "Ghibli Notes." Artwork from Ghibli's films and other works are frequently featured on the cover of the magazine. Between 1999 and 2005 Studio Ghibli was a subsidiary of Tokuma Shoten, the publisher of Animage.

In October 2001, the Ghibli Museum opened in Mitaka, Tokyo.[13] It contains exhibits based on Studio Ghibli films and shows animations, including a number of short Studio Ghibli films not available elsewhere.

The studio is also known for its strict "no-edits" policy in licensing their films abroad due to Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind being heavily edited for the film's release in the United States as Warriors of the Wind. The "no cuts" policy was highlighted when Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein suggested editing Princess Mononoke to make it more marketable. A Studio Ghibli producer is rumoured to have sent an authentic Japanese sword with a simple message: "No cuts".[14]

On February 1, 2008, Toshio Suzuki stepped down from the position of Studio Ghibli president, which he had held since 2005, and Koji Hoshino (former president of Walt Disney Japan) took over. Suzuki said he wanted to improve films with his own hands as a producer, rather than demanding this from his employees. Suzuki decided to hand over the presidency to Hoshino because Hoshino has helped Studio Ghibli to sell its videos since 1996, also helping to release the Princess Mononoke film in the United States.[15] Suzuki still serves on the company's board of directors.

Two Studio Ghibli short films created for the Ghibli Museum were shown at the Carnegie Hall Citywise Japan NYC Festival: "House Hunting" and "Mon Mon the Water Spider" were screened on March 26, 2011.[16]

Takahata developed a project for release after Gorō Miyazaki's (director of Tales from Earthsea and Hayao's son) From Up on Poppy Hill – an adaptation of The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. The last film Hayao Miyazaki directed before retiring from feature films was The Wind Rises which is about the Mitsubishi A6M Zero and its founder.[17]

On Sunday, September 1, 2013, Hayao Miyazaki held a press conference in Venice to confirm his retirement, 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."[18]

On January 31, 2014, it was announced that Gorō Miyazaki will direct his first anime TV series, Sanzoku no Musume Rōnya, an adaptation of Astrid Lindgren's Ronia the Robber's Daughter for NHK. The series is computer-animated, produced by Polygon Pictures, and co-produced by Studio Ghibli.[19][20]

In March 2014, Toshio Suzuki retired as a producer and assumed a new position of general manager. Yoshiaki Nishimura replaced Suzuki in the producer role.[21]

On August 3, 2014, Toshio Suzuki announced that Studio Ghibli would take a "brief pause" to re-evaluate and restructure in the wake of Miyazaki's retirement. He stated some concerns about where the company would go in the future.[22] This has led to speculation that Studio Ghibli will never produce another feature film again. On November 7, 2014, Miyazaki stated, "That was not my intention, though. All I did was announce that I would be retiring and not making any more features."[23]


Significant achievements

Feature films

While Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is often considered a Studio Ghibli film, it was produced and released before the studio's official founding.

Year Title Director Screenwriter(s) Producer(s) Music RT
1986 Castle in the Sky Hayao Miyazaki Isao Takahata Joe Hisaishi 95%[25]
1988 Grave of the Fireflies Isao Takahata Toru Hara Michio Mamiya 97%[26]
1988 My Neighbor Totoro Hayao Miyazaki Joe Hisaishi 93%[27]
1989 Kiki's Delivery Service Hayao Miyazaki 96%[28]
1991 Only Yesterday Isao Takahata Toshio Suzuki Katz Hoshi 100%[29]
1992 Porco Rosso Hayao Miyazaki Joe Hisaishi 94%[30]
1994 Pom Poko Isao Takahata Shang Shang Typhoon 78%[31]
1995 Whisper of the Heart Yoshifumi Kondō Hayao Miyazaki Yuji Nomi 91%[32]
1997 Princess Mononoke Hayao Miyazaki Joe Hisaishi 92%[33]
1999 My Neighbors the Yamadas Isao Takahata Akiko Yano 75%[34]
2001 Spirited Away Hayao Miyazaki Joe Hisaishi 97%[35]
2002 The Cat Returns Hiroyuki Morita Reiko Yoshida Nozomu Takahashi & Toshio Suzuki Yuji Nomi 89%[36]
2004 Howl's Moving Castle Hayao Miyazaki Toshio Suzuki Joe Hisaishi 87%[37]
2006 Tales from Earthsea Gorō Miyazaki Gorō Miyazaki & Keiko Niwa Tamiya Terashima 41%[38]
2008 Ponyo Hayao Miyazaki Joe Hisaishi 92%[39]
2010 Arrietty Hiromasa Yonebayashi Hayao Miyazaki & Keiko Niwa Cécile Corbel 95%[40]
2011 From Up on Poppy Hill Gorō Miyazaki Satoshi Takebe 83%[41]
2013 The Wind Rises[42] Hayao Miyazaki Joe Hisaishi 89%[43]
2013 The Tale of the Princess Kaguya[42] Isao Takahata Isao Takahata & Riko Sakaguchi Yoshiaki Nishimura & Seiichiro Ujiie 100%[44]
2014 When Marnie Was There[45] Hiromasa Yonebayashi Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Keiko Niwa & Masashi Ando Yoshiaki Nishimura & Toshio Suzuki Takatsugu Muramatsu 92%[46]

Television films

Year Title Director Screenwriter(s) Producer(s) Music RT
1993 Ocean Waves Tomomi Mochizuki Kaori Nakamura Toshio Suzuki, Nozomu Takahashi & Seiji Okuda Shigeru Nagata N/A

Anime television series

Year Title Director Studio(s) Notes
2014 Sanzoku no Musume Rōnya Gorō Miyazaki Polygon Pictures and Studio Ghibli Based on Ronia the Robber's Daughter by Astrid Lindgren

Short films

These are short films, including those created for television, theatrical release, and the Ghibli Museum. Original video animation releases and music videos (theatrical and television) are also listed in this section.

Year Title Director Producer Notes
1995 On Your Mark Hayao Miyazaki A promotional music video for Chage & Aska
2000 Ghiblies Yoshiyuki Momose Hiroyuki Watanabe TV short film
2001 Kujiratori (The Whale Hunt) Hayao Miyazaki Ghibli Museum
2001 - 2009 Film Guru Guru
- Kūsō no Kikaitachi no Naka no Hakai no Hatsumei (2002)
- The Theory of Evolution (2009)
Hiromasa Yonebayashi
2002 Ghiblies Episode 2 Yoshiyuki Momose Shown theatrically before The Cat Returns
2002 Koro's Big Day Out Hayao Miyazaki Ghibli Museum
2002 Imaginary Flying Machines Toshio Suzuki
2002 Mei And The Kittenbus
2004 Portable Airport Yoshiyuki Momose A music video created by Studio Kajino for Capsule
2004 Space Station No. 9
2005 Doredore no Uta Osamu Tanabe A promotional music video for Meiko Haigou
2005 Soratobu Toshikeikaku (A Flying City Plan) Yoshiyuki Momose A music video created by Studio Kajino for Capsule
2005 Looking For A Home Hayao Miyazaki Ghibli Museum
2006 Hoshi o Katta Hi (The Day I Raised/Harvested a Planet)
2006 Water Spider Monmon
2006 The Night of Taneyamagahara Kazuo Oga A DVD version was released for Japan on July 7, 2006
2007 Iblard Jikan Naohisa Inoue Released in Japan on DVD and Blu-ray disc on July 4, 2007, as part of the Ghibli ga Ippai Collection
2009 Piece Yoshiyuki Momose A promotional music video for Yui Aragaki
2010 Chu Zumo Ghibli Museum
2010 Mr. Dough and the Egg Princess Hayao Miyazaki
2011 The Treasure Hunt
2012 Giant God Warrior Appears In Tokyo Shown at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo


Year Title Publisher Director Notes
1992 Nandarō (What's That?) Nippon TV Hayao Miyazaki Produced for the NTV 40th anniversary
1992 Sora Iro no Tane (The Sky-Colored Seed) Nippon TV Hayao Miyazaki Based on the book by Rieko Nakagawa with illustrations by Yuriko Ōmura
1996 Hotaru no Haka Kinyō Roadshow Yoshifumi Kondō Based on the film Grave of the Fireflies
1997 Kinyō Roadshow Opening Kinyō Roadshow Yoshifumi Kondō
2000 Yoshiyuki Momose
2001 LAWSON Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi Lawson Lawson convenience store tie in with Spirited Away DVD
2001 Umacha (Tasty Tea) Asahi Soft Drinks Yoshiyuki Momose Several commercials featuring voices by Rina Uchiyama and Takashi Naitō
2002 Ghibli Museum Tickets Ghibli Museum Hayao Miyazaki Announcement for the opening of the Studio Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo
2002 House Foods – The Cat Returns House Foods House Foods products tie-in campaign for The Cat Returns
2003 Resona Bank Resona Holdings For the bank owned by Resona
2003 O-uchi de Tabeyou House Foods Hayao Miyazaki
Yoshiyuki Momose
House Foods commercial, summer version
2004 O-uchi de Tabeyou House Foods Yoshiyuki Momose House Foods commercial, winter version
2004 KNB Yumedegi Kitanihon Broadcasting Shinji Hashimoto
2004 Yomiuri Shimbun – Kawaraban Yomiuri Shimbun
2005 Yomiuri Shimbun – Dore Dore Hikkōshi Yomiuri Shimbun
2010 Nisshin Seifun Yomiuri Shimbun Katsuya Kondō TV spot designed by Toshio Suzuki and Gorō Miyazaki
2010 Yomiuri Shimbun Yomiuri Shimbun Gorō Miyazaki TV spot for the newspaper, animated in the style of Shigeru Sugiura

Video games

Year Title Developer Platform
1998 Jade Cocoon: Story of the Tamamayu Genki PlayStation
2001 Jade Cocoon 2 Genki PlayStation 2
2002 Magic Pengel Garakuda-Studio and Taito PlayStation 2
2010 Ni no Kuni: Dominion of the Dark Djinn Level-5 Nintendo DS
2011 Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Level-5 PlayStation 3

Stage productions

Other works

The works listed here consist of works that do not fall into the above categories. All of these films have been released on DVD or Blu-ray in Japan as part of the Ghibli Gakujutsu Library.

Year Title English title Notes
1998 Sekai Waga Kokoro no Tabi Documentary following Isao Takahata to Canada to meet Frédéric Back.
1999 Sekai Waga Kokoro no Tabi Documentary travelling with Hayao Miyazaki as he follows the footsteps of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
2001 Mononoke Hime wa Koushite Umareta. How Princess Mononoke Was Born A behind the scenes film directed by Toshio Uratani, documenting the production of Princess Mononoke. Shot over a 2-year period, split into 3 chapters with a total running time of 400 minutes.
2003 Lasseter-san, Arigatou Thank You, Mr. Lasseter A thank you video created for John Lasseter, following Hayao Miyazaki and other Studio Ghibli staff to Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, California in 2002, in preparation for the English language release of Spirited Away).
2003 Yanagawa Horiwari Monogatari The Story of Yanagawa's Canals A part-animated documentary directed by Isao Takahata, originally broadcast on NHK in 1987.
2004 Miyazaki Hayao Produce no Ichimai no CD ha Kōshite Umareta Hayao Miyazaki Produces a CD A film about Miyazaki's involvement in Tsunehiko Kamijo's Okaasa no Shashin CD. The second part features a recording of Kamijo's live performance at the Ghibli Museum in 2003.
2004 Otsuka Yasuo no Ugokasu Yorokobi Yasuo Otsuka's Joy of Motion A documentary about animator Yasuo Otsuka, mentor to Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata.
2005 Miyazaki Hayao to Ghibli Bijutsukan A film featuring Gorō Miyazaki and Isao Takahata touring the Ghibli Museum.
2007 Jiburi no Eshokunin – Oga Kazuo Ten – Totoro no Mori o Kaita Hito A Ghibli Artisan – Kazuo Oga Exhibition – The Man Who Painted Totoro's Forest A documentary to commemorate an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, featuring the work of Studio Ghibli background artist Kazuo Oga.
2009 Ghibli no Fūkei Scenery of Ghibli DVD release of two specials, originally broadcast on BS Nippon TV. The first from 2006 with a running time of 85 minutes, follows Japanese actors Mayu Tsuruta, Yui Natsukawa and Tetta Sugimoto to Europe, matching Miyazaki's storyboards to the real world scenery and attractions that served as inspiration to the settings of his animated films. The second from 2008, with a running time of 95 minutes, travels with Mayu Tsuruta around 'traditional' and 'nostalgic' Japan, to find the domestic inspirations of Miyazaki's work.
2009 Suzuki Toshio no Ghibli Asemamire, 99 no Kotoba Toshio Suzuki's Ghibli Asemamire, 99 Words A compilation of 49 interviews conducted by Toshio Suzuki on his weekly radio program Ghibli Asemamire, broadcasting on Tokyo FM.
2009 Joe Hisaishi in Budokan – 25 years with the Animations of Hayao Miyazaki Concert footage of Joe Hisaishi's 3 nights at the Nippon Budokan venue in August 2008, where he played various pieces from throughout his 25-year collaboration with Studio Ghibli. Originally broadcast on NHK.
2011 Ghibli no Hondana Ghibli's Bookshelf Accompanying the release of Arrietty, this documentary, originally broadcast on BS Nippon Television, explores the influence of children's literature on Miyazaki and Takahata's body of work and Studio Ghibli as a whole.
2013 Ghibli no Fūkei Scenery of Ghibli A third special broadcast on BS Nippon TV, hosted by Kurara Chibana. This film journeys to the Swiss Alps, returning to the locations scouted by Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki in the 1970s during the production of Heidi, Girl of the Alps and Anne of Green Gables. This edition also interviews Gorō Miyazaki about the real life locations and settings that inspired From Up on Poppy Hill.
2013 Yume to Kyōki no ōkoku The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness Director Mami Sunada follows Hayao Miyazaki, Toshio Suzuki and Isao Takahata over the course of a year as Studio Ghibli prepares to release two films. Released theatrically in Japan in 2013 and in the United States in 2014.
2014 Isao Takahata - The Making of The Tale of Princess Kaguya ~ Ghibli Seventh Studio ~ the Legend of 933 Days Originally broadcast as two 43 minute episodes on WOWOW in December 2013. The DVD and Blu-ray version, released in Japan in December 2014, expands the behind-the-scenes film, documenting the production of The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, to 201 minutes. An 86 minute version of the film was released in the UK on DVD and digital formats as Isao Takahata And His Tale Of The Princess Kaguya in March 2015.


A selection of layout designs for animated productions was exhibited in the Studio Ghibli Layout Designs: Understanding the Secrets of Takahata and Miyazaki Animation exhibition tour, which started in the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (July 28, 2008 to September 28, 2008) and subsequently travelled to different museums throughout Japan and Asia, concluding its tour of Japan in the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum (October 12, 2013 to January 26, 2014) and its tour of Asia in the Hong Kong Heritage Museum (May 14, 2014 to August 31, 2014). Between October 4, 2014 and March 1, 2015 the layout designs were exhibited at Art Ludique in Paris. The exhibition catalogues contain annotated reproductions of the displayed artwork.[47][48][49][50]

Related works

These works were not created by Studio Ghibli, but were produced by a variety of studios and people who went on to form or join Studio Ghibli. This includes members of Topcraft that went on to create Studio Ghibli in 1985; works produced by Toei Animation, TMS Entertainment, Nippon Animation or other studios and featuring involvement by Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata or other Ghibli staffers. The list also includes works created in cooperation with Studio Ghibli.


Year Title Studio(s) Notes
1963 Wanpaku Ōji no Orochi Taiji Toei Animation Isao Takahata was the assistant director.
1965 Gulliver's Travels Beyond the Moon Toei Animation Hayao Miyazaki was one of the in between animators.
1966 Sally the Witch Toei Animation Hayao Miyazaki was a key animator on this series, based on a manga by Mitsuteru Yokoyama.
1968-1972 GeGeGe no Kitaro Toei Animation First and second TV series directed by Isao Takahata, based on the manga series by Shigeru Mizuki.
1968 Hols: Prince of the Sun Toei Animation Takahata's directorial debut; Hayao Miyazaki was chief animator, concept artist, and scene designer.
1969 Himitsu no Akko-chan Toei Animation Directed by Hiroshi Ikeda; Miyazaki was a key animator.
1969 The Wonderful World of Puss 'n Boots Toei Animation Directed by Kimio Yabuki, written by Hisashi Inoue with gag supervision by Nakahara Yumihiko, key animators include Yasuo Otsuka, Yoichi Kotabe, Reiko Okuyama, Takuo Kikuchi, Akemi Ota, Hayao Miyazaki, and Akira Daikubara. The main character of the film; Pero would become the mascot for Toei Animation.
1969 Moomin Tokyo Movie Shinsha and Mushi Production Key animation by Hayao Miyazaki.
1971 Animal Treasure Island Toei Animation Directed by Hiroshi Ikeda with idea construction by Hayao Miyazaki; Hayao Miyazaki was also scene designer and chief animator.
1971 Lupin III Part 1 Tokyo Movie Shinsha The rest of the episodes were directed by Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, based on the manga series by Monkey Punch.
1972 Panda! Go, Panda! Tokyo Movie Shinsha Directed by Isao Takahata and written by Hayao Miyazaki.
1973 Panda! Go, Panda!: The Rainy-Day Circus Tokyo Movie Shinsha Directed by Isao Takahata and written by Hayao Miyazaki.
1974 Heidi, Girl of the Alps Studio Gallop Directed by Isao Takahata.
1975 Dog of Flanders Studio Comet Animation by Hayao Miyazaki.
1976 3000 Leagues in Search of Mother Studio Comet Directed by Isao Takahata; scene setting and layout by Hayao Miyazaki.
1977 Lupin III Part II Tokyo Movie Shinsha Two episodes directed by Hayao Miyazaki.
1977 Rascal the Raccoon Studio Jungle Gym Key animation by Hayao Miyazaki.
1978 Future Boy Conan Studio Jungle Gym Directed by Hayao Miyazaki, with two episode directed by Isao Takahata, and featured animation work by many future Ghibli staffers.
1979 Anne of Green Gables Studio Comet Directed by Isao Takahata.
1979 The Castle of Cagliostro TMS Entertainment Miyazaki's directorial feature debut.
1979 Tatsu no ko Taro Toei Animation Original concept by Isao Takahata.
1981 Jarinko Chie Tokyo Movie Shinsha and Toho Directed by Isao Takahata.
1982 Space Adventure Cobra: The Movie Tokyo Movie Shinsha Key animation by Hayao Miyazaki.
1982 Gauche the Cellist OH Production Directed by Isao Takahata.
1984 Sherlock Hound Tokyo Movie Shinsha Six episodes directed by Hayao Miyazaki.
1984 Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Topcraft Many who worked on this film went on to found Studio Ghibli.

Cooperative works

Year Title Company Creator Director Studio Ghibli Role Notes
1991 Ozanari Dungeon TMS Entertainment Motoo Koyama Hiroshi Aoyama Animation Corporation OVA series
1993 Armored Dragon Legend Villgust Animate Film and Studio Fantasia Katsuhiko Nishijima Animation Assistance Studio Studio Ghibli was one of the Animation Assistance Studios for Episode 2: "The Revived Land"
1995 Sailor Moon SuperS: The Movie Toei Animation Naoko Takeuchi Hiroki Shibata Production Association Studio Studio Ghibli was one of the production association studios
1995-1996 Neon Genesis Evangelion Gainax and Tatsunoko Production Hideaki Anno Hideaki Anno Co-Producer & Animation Studio Animation and co-produced by Studio Ghibli on Episode 11: "The Day Tokyo-3 Stood Still"
1995 Lupin III: Farewell to Nostradamus TMS Entertainment Monkey Punch Shunya Itō
Takeshi Shirato
Animation Cooperation
1996 Dragon Ball Movie 4: The Path to Power Toei Animation Akira Toriyama Shigeyasu Yamauchi Production Cooperation Studio Studio Ghibli was one of the production cooperation studios
1996-1997 Kaiketsu Zorro Ashi Productions Johnston McCulley Katsumi Minoguchi Production Cooperation Studio Production cooperation by Studio Ghibli
2000 Shiki-Jitsu Studio Kajino Hideaki Anno
2001 Satorare (Transparent: Tribute to a Sad Genius) Katsuyuki Motohiro Co-Production by Studio Ghibli[51] live-action film
2004 Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence Production I.G Masamune Shirow Mamoru Oshii Co-Production
2010-2014 Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn Sunrise Hajime Yatate
Yoshiyuki Tomino
Kazuhiro Furuhashi Co-Production OVA series; co-produced by Studio Ghibli on Episode 3: "The Ghost of Laplace"
2016 The Red Turtle Wild Bunch Michael Dudok de Wit Michael Dudok De Wit[52] Co-production Animation production by Prima Linea Productions

Distributive works

These Western animated films (plus one Japanese film) have been distributed by Studio Ghibli, and now through their label, Ghibli Museum Library.

Title Release Date Country of Origin Film Made By Notes
Mr. Bug Goes to Town 1941 America Fleischer Studios
The Humpbacked Horse (Russian: Konyok Gorbunok) 1947 Russian Ivan Ivanov-Vano
Animal Farm 1954 Britain / France Halas and Batchelor
The Snow Queen (Russian: Snezhnaya koroleva) 1957 Russian Lev Atamanov
Margo the Mouse (Polish: Przygody Myszki) 1976 Poland Eugeniusz Kotowski animation series
The King and the Mockingbird (French: Le Roi et l'oiseau) 1980 France Paul Grimault
Kirikou and the Sorceress (French: Kirikou et la Sorcière) 1998 France / Belgium Michel Ocelot
Prince and Princess (French: Prince et princesse) 1999 France Michel Ocelot
Les Triplettes de Belleville (French: Les Triplettes de Belleville) 2002 France Sylvain Chomet
Winter Days (Japanese: 冬の日 (Fuyu no Hi)) 2004 Japan Kihachirō Kawamoto experimental animation anthology
Azur & Asmar: The Princes' Quest 2006 France Michel Ocelot
My Love (Russian: Moya Iyubov) 2006 Russian Aleksandr Petrov
Kirikou and the Wild Beasts (French: Kirikou et les bêtes sauvages) 2007 France Michel Ocelot
The Illusionist (French: L'Illusionniste) 2010 Britain / France Sylvain Chomet
Tales of the Night (French: Les Contes de la nuit) 2011 France Michel Ocelot
Wrinkles (Spanish: Arrugas) 2012 Spain Ignacio Ferreras

Contributive works

Studio Ghibli has made contributions to the following anime series and movies:

Year Title Company Studio Ghibli Contribution
1991 Otaku no Video Gainax series in-between animation
1992–present Crayon Shin-chan Shin-Ei Animation series in-between animation
1992 Giant Robo Mu Animation Studio key animation assistance on episode 2 only
1995 Memories Studio 4°C cooperation in photography on Cannon Fodder sequence
1995 Legend of Crystania - The Motion Picture Triangle Staff backgrounds
1995-1996 Gunsmith Cats Oriental Light and Magic in-betweeners and photography on episodes 1 and 2 only
1995-1996 Fushigi Yûgi Pierrot in-between animation on episodes 5, 6, 9-12, and 14
1996 Fire Emblem Studio Fantasia and KSS in-between animation on episode 1 only
1996-2004 Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikouen-mae Hashutsujo Studio Gallop series in-between animation
1997-1998 Flame of Recca Pierrot series backgrounds
1998 Trigun Madhouse Studios series in-between animation and key animation on episode 3 only
1998 Spriggan Studio 4°C in-between animation
1998 Detective Conan: The Fourteenth Target TMS Entertainment in-between animation
1998-1999 Popolocrois Monogatari Bee Train and Production I.G series in-between animation
1999 Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikouen-mae Hashutsujo: The Movie Studio Gallop in-between animation
1999 Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie Madhouse Studios special effects
2000 Cardcaptor Sakura Movie 2: The Sealed Card Madhouse Studios special effects
2000-2003 The King of Braves GaoGaiGar Final Sunrise series in-between animation
2001 s-CRY-ed Sunrise series in-between animation
2001-2002 Captain Kuppa Bee Train series in-between animation
2001 You're Under Arrest Studio Deen in-between animation on episode 26 only
2002 Azumanga Daioh J.C.Staff backgrounds on episode 11 only
2002 A Tree of Palme Palm Studio in-between cooperation
2002-2003 Overman King Gainer Sunrise in-between animation on episode 26 only
2003 .hack//Liminality vol. 1: In the Case of Mai Minase Bee Train in-between animation
2003-2004 Fullmetal Alchemist Bones series in-between animation
2004 Samurai 7 Gonzo background art on episodes 6-9, 11, 12, 15, 16 and 18-23
2004-2005 Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo Gonzo in-between animation and digital coloring on episodes 20, 23 and 24
2004 InuYasha the Movie: Fire on the Mystic Island Sunrise backgrounds
2005 The Prince of Tennis: The Two Samurai, The First Game Production I.G and NAS in-between animation
2005-2006 Immortal Grand Prix Production I.G in-between animation on episodes 1 and 2 only
2005 Elemental Gelade Xebec background art on episodes 2-6 and 9
2006 Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage Madhouse Studios background art on episode 24 only
2006 Tekkonkinkreet Studio 4°C background art
2006 The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006 film) Madhouse Studios character and background art
2006-2007 Le Chevalier D'Eon Production I.G digital paint and in between animation on episodes 1-3 and 6
2006 xxxHOLiC Production I.G in-between animation on episodes 18, 20 and 23
2007 Reideen Production I.G and Tohokushinsha Film digital paint and in-between animation on episodes 1-3
2007 Gurren Lagann Gainax series finish animation and in-between animation
2008 Tetsuwan Birdy: Decode A-1 Pictures in-between animation on episode 5 only
2008-2009 Xam'd: Lost Memories Bones series in-between animation
2008-2009 Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Second Season Sunrise in-between animation on episodes 4 and 9 only
2008 Shikabane Hime: Aka Gainax and Feel in-between assistance on episodes 2, 5, 8 and 10
2008 One Outs Madhouse Studios series backgrounds
2009 King of Thorn Sunrise background art
2009 Tsubasa Chronicle: Spring Thunder Production I.G series in-between animation
2009-2010 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Bones series in-between animation
2010 Bleach: Hell Verse Pierrot backgrounds
2011 Usagi Drop Production I.G in-between animation on episodes 7, 8, 10 and 11
2011 The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky Kinema Citrus in-between animation
2011 Scryed Alteration I Tao Sunrise in-between animation
2012 Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo" Studio Khara in-between animation
2013 Berserk: The Golden Age Arc III - The Advent Studio 4°C background art

Notable animators and character designers from Studio Ghibli

See also


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