I’m still shocked that Your Name managed to dethrone Spirited Away from being the #1 highest-grossing anime film of all time.
That’s quite an honor. Spirited Away is one of the greatest anime of all time (and my personal favorite).
As I was looking over the new top 10, I realized that even though Studio Ghibli lost the top spot, they still dominate with 6 out of the top 10. That’s incredible.
So how did Studio Ghibli manage to churn out so many international hits?
Studio Ghibli is the product of Hayao Miyazaki and his passion for animation, so it’s fair to look there to find the magic sauce. Miyazaki is known for being a master storyteller and his films are known for being high quality.
Here’s a list of things Myazaki and Ghibli do right:
4. Tackling heavy subjects
Studio Ghibli never shies away from dealing with fear, loneliness, or death. But they’re balanced out with themes of strength, peace, and love.
This is what makes his films for appealing to kids and adults alike. Taking on these subjects and making them appealing to all ages is a balancing act that he’s mastered.
3. Fantastic worlds
It’s no mystery that Miyazaki creates amazing worlds filled with color and energy.
One thing that always amazes me about Ghibli films… they actually tickle the senses. You can almost feel the wind blowing over your skin or smell the sea breeze. Helps pull you into his world.
2. Attention to details
Artwork that can rival that of Miyazaki and team Ghibli does exist, but no other art studio pays such careful attention to detail.
Not just in the animation, but in the characters and their mannerisms. A classic example from Spirited Away – Chihiro puts her shoes on and taps them on the ground, making sure they’re comfortable before running off.
Little details like these make her a little more real. And audiences fall for real, lovable characters. Which brings us to…
1. Lovable characters
The characters of Ghibli films are what make them popular and timeless classics.
Ghibli characters are typically noble, honest, and caring people. What’s interesting is they care for other people, for life. Unlike Disney, whose character care more about themselves an their love interest.
Keep em coming
I was giddy as a schoolgirl when I heard that Miyazaki was coming out of retirement. He’s had a full career and deserves his retirement, but I am selfish and demand more of him. I’m looking forward to whatever he comes up with next.
So what’s your favorite Ghibli flick??