Famed animation director Hayao Miyazaki’s producing partner reveals the studio’s future plans as well as his most memorable Ghibli film moments.
With the May 27 launch of WarnerMedia’s HBO Max streaming entertainment portal less than a week away, GKIDS has just shared several clips celebrating the landmark deal they announced last October that brings the entire 21 film Studio Ghibli library, one of the world’s most coveted and revered animation catalogues, to the new SVOD platform.
Studio Ghibli is one of the most acclaimed and influential animation studios in the world, inspiring filmmakers and audiences alike over the last 30 years with beloved stories and breathtaking visuals. Under the brilliance of visionary animation directors Hayao Miyazaki and the late Isao Takahata, and producer Toshio Suzuki, the studio’s films have won countless international awards, including an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for Spirited Away, as well as four additional Academy Award nominations for Howl’s Moving Castle, The Wind Rises, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, and When Marnie Was There. Studio co-founder Miyazaki was separately given an Honorary Award at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards in 2014, and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will pay tribute to his artwork with a special exhibit when the Museum opens in 2020.
Read AWN’s exclusive interview with the Oscar-winning director
Hayao Miyazaki – The Interview
Below, you’ll find three clips: Suzuki talking about the studio’s future plans, his favorite Ghibli film moments, and a trailer with highlights from the studios impressive catalog that HBO Max subscribers can access next Wednesday.
Studio Ghibli’s acclaimed catalog of films coming to HBO Max in North America includes:
Castle in the Sky
The Cat Returns
From Up On Poppy Hill
Howl’s Moving Castle
Kiki’s Delivery Service
My Neighbor Totoro
My Neighbors the Yamadas
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
The Secret World of Arrietty
The Tale of The Princess Kaguya
Tales From Earthsea
When Marnie Was There
Whisper of the Heart
The Wind Rises (launching Fall 2020)
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.