Studio Ghibli is a Japanese animation film company founded by Hayao Miyazaki in 1985. Their films are for all ages, and are wonderful to watch as a family. They don’t shy away from serious themes like war and peace, death and friendship, but do so without being preachy. And if you’re looking for strong female leads — look no further.
Today, we ask an anime expert and super Ghibli fan — my 12-year-old daughter — why she loves Studio Ghibli films and why you will too.
Q1. Why do you like Studio Ghibli movies?
A1. I love their animation style, it is absolutely beautiful. They have beautiful backgrounds and their character design is really nice.
Here’s a big thing – here’s something I could go on a rant about – I HATE celebrity voice actors. Get a real voice actor. That’s what Ghibli does.
They treat children with respect and don’t give them stupid comedy movies – which lots of movie companies are doing now. They treat their story lines seriously and put a lot of effort in their characters and their backstories.
Miyazaki wants kids to know that things aren’t always go your way, but things will turn out if you work hard for it. Even if you are in a horrible situation you need to make the best of it.
They represent girls really well too. They don’t use stereotypes — not girly girls in all pink or super sporty girls. You shouldn’t stereotype anyone.
Q2. What’s you favourite movie?
A2. It’s a tie between Kiki’s Delivery Service and Spirited Away. They are both beautifully animated and pretty touching.
Q3. Why do you recommend Studio Ghibli movies?
A3. They are very inspiring, and they can bring you up if you are feeling down. They cater to all ages. They put care into making their movies.
I would try to avoid the more sad or graphic movies if you are little.