Sad news today for the animation and film industry. Acclaimed animation studio, Studio Ghibli, will be closing its doors within the year. Due to financial circumstances and most likely the retirement of Hayao Miyazaki (which was announced last year) the studio will be shifting from production to management of its library/licenses.
Studio Ghibli has played a major role in shaping my life. I spent the first 3 years of my life over seas in Yokosuka, Japan. While my family was stationed there we were introduced to the films by chance while we perused the Navy Exchange. My Neighbor Totoro is the first film I can remember watching as a kid. It filled me with such wonder and imagination, from then on I was hooked. That film is still sitting on my shelf along with the little Totoro that was included with it. From that moment on I yearned to become an artist and animator. While my skills are still very much lacking I’m always encouraged by the works of Miyazaki and Ghibli to help keep pushing my craft. I still hope to find myself in the film industry doing work here in the states and over seas. Who knows where I’ll go, but for now I’m just happy to have experienced this studios incredible work. To Studio Ghibli, thank you for the fond memories and one heck of a ride, you’ll be missed.