Mary and The Witch’s Flower film review – Not quite the emotional heft of Studio Ghibli

The hand-drawn animation has survived; it features a misfit schoolgirl heroine and once again we are taken on a wildly imaginative trip to a beautifully-realised fantasy world. If there is a whiff of Potter in there, that’s because it is based on Mary Stewart’s 1971 children’s book The Little Broomstick. Mary (voiced in the English […]

The Legacy of Isao Takahata, the Underappreciated Half of Studio Ghibli

“Why must fireflies die so young?” On April 5, the world lost an animation titan. Isao Takahata, the co-founder of Studio Ghibli, a frequent collaborator with Hayao Miyazaki, and the director of stunning anime films like Grave of the Fireflies and The Tale of Princess Kaguya, died at 82. But not many people outside of hardcore Studio Ghibli fans […]

‘Mary and the Witch’s Flower’ Trailer: Studio Ponoc’s First Movie Follows in the Footsteps of Ghibli

Studio Ghibli may have closed its doors (for now), but Studio Ponoc is here to try to live up to its mantle as the premiere animated studio outside of Disney and Pixar. Ponoc already has a lot going for it — the studio was founded by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, an animator on Spirited Away, and the director of acclaimed late-era […]

Real-Life Recreations of Tasty Food Featured in Studio Ghibli Films

Studio Ghibli, the famed Japanese film studio, is known for its stunning animations, colorful characters, and emotional storylines. But Instagram user @01ghibli23 makes a case for the photo-worthy food featured in movies like Spirited Away, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and My Neighbour Totoro. Whether you’re a culinary nerd or worship at the altar of Hayao Miyazaki, […]

Lucky Lusso: Maserati Shows Off Facelifted Ghibli GranLusso

– Following in the tire tracks of the updated 2017 Maserati Quattroporte full-size luxury sedan, the mid-size Ghibli sees minor changes for the 2018 model year. Set to be unveiled at today’s Chengdu auto show in Chengdu, China, the 2018 Maserati Ghibli features revised styling consisting of new front- and rear-bumper covers that are said […]

Maserati Ghibli GranLusso gets semi-autonomous tech and updated styling

Maserati’s littlest sedan is getting a little bit of a makeover in the form a new GranLusso trim for the Ghibli. It will make its official debut at the Chengduauto show in China, and it mostly consists of aesthetic updates. Up front, the GranLusso gets a grille that has chrome vertical bars in addition to […]

Studio Ghibli reopens for Hayao Miyazaki’s new film

Just a few years ago, Studio Ghibli’s future was in the air after co-founder and legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki (supposedly) retired. The place is about to be jumping again, however, as the studio announced that it has re-opened to start production on a recently-announced new film by the not-so-retired Miyazaki. He was on hand for […]

Studio Ghibli Reopens As Hayao Miyazaki Refuses to Retire — Again

No matter how many times he has announced it, Hayao Miyazaki will never retire. And we can only be grateful that a genius like him will keep blessing the world with his works. Miyazaki announced (for the umpteenth time) that he would retire from the grueling world of animation that he revolutionized with films like Princess Mononoke and Spirited […]

This Week In Trailers: Killing Hasselhoff, In the Radiant City, Celebrate Studio Ghibli, Barbecue, Lucky

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week […]