By the time they started making Princess Mononoke, Studio Ghibli was a big name – but their reputation was based on the cute fuzzy Totoro toys they were selling. Hayao Miyazaki, being quite irritated at the simplification of his work, set out to make a film to revisit themes from My Neighbour Totoro but through […]
Most people who write about Studio Ghibli films interpret them through a Western lens. But if you want to fully understand the stories Hayao Miyazaki tells, you have to take into account the unique context of his upbringing, his connection to Japanese culture and mythology, and how he reacts to the society around him. My new free guide gives pointers for all major Studio Ghibli films to help you go deeper in the works this master craftsman of the moving image.