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(Uproxx)   If you thought Grave Of The Fireflies was depressing, don't read the news about Studio Ghibli shutting down   (uproxx.com) divider line 70
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2014-08-03 09:03:36 PM  
I rejoice in knowing his works and having seen everything he has had a hand in, from Conan, Boy of the Future to The Wind Rises.  Marnie will have to wait.  You know I am a fan, just look at my login name.

Arigato, Miyazaki-sensei.
www.thereelbits.com
 
2014-08-03 09:27:26 PM  
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2014-08-03 09:28:01 PM  
Very sad.
 
2014-08-03 09:28:37 PM  
End of an era in film. :( I has a sad.

/Grave left me a wreck
 
2014-08-03 09:42:16 PM  
But without Miyazaki Hayao there is no Ghibli, so while it's sad it's also understandable.

This is not much different than the day they shuttered Mushi Studios. Tezuku Osamu was Mushi Studios. Without him no Atom, no Leo, etc.

Now, I wonder who will step up to the plate and be the next big thing?
 
2014-08-03 10:12:19 PM  
This is what we get for shunning English-dubbed shiate and downloading fan-subs.

/I still wont watch dubs
//maybe now
///no, it's too late!
 
2014-08-04 12:04:52 AM  
Still not as depressing as "Where the Red Fern Grows".
 
2014-08-04 12:17:50 AM  
Nothing lasts forever, sadly, BUT this may all be due to a mistranslation: more a "reorganization" than shutting down.


http://kotaku.com/studio-ghibli-is-not-dead-yet-1615520289
 
2014-08-04 12:36:26 AM  
May as well.  All of their non-Hayao films are crap, anyway.
 
2014-08-04 12:55:28 AM  
This is not unexpected.

Even powerhouse animation factories like Hanna-Barbera or Fleischer Studios -- with decades of experience creating hundreds of cartoons -- were each shuttered (and/or folded into other studios) immediately after their founding talents had stepped-down, or were removed from control.

A studio like Walt Disney Animation -- chugging along, nearly fifty years after the death of its founder -- is the exception, not the rule.


What is unexpected, is that Hayao Miyazaki has apparently retired for real, this time.

He's announced his retirement multiple times, since at least 1992 -- only to change his mind, and return for "one more film".
 
2014-08-04 01:02:36 AM  

noazark: This is not unexpected.

Even powerhouse animation factories like Hanna-Barbera or Fleischer Studios -- with decades of experience creating hundreds of cartoons -- were each shuttered (and/or folded into other studios) immediately after their founding talents had stepped-down, or were removed from control.

A studio like Walt Disney Animation -- chugging along, nearly fifty years after the death of its founder -- is the exception, not the rule.


What is unexpected, is that Hayao Miyazaki has apparently retired for real, this time.

He's announced his retirement multiple times, since at least 1992 -- only to change his mind, and return for "one more film".


This time, he's probably physically incapable.
 
2014-08-04 01:25:15 AM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Still not as depressing as "Where the Red Fern Grows".


Or  When the Wind Blows.
 
2014-08-04 01:27:42 AM  
High on my (very) short list of "live-action anime adaptations" that could work is Castle of Cagliostro. I know Lupin is pretty out-of-character compared to the rest of the franchise, but the action and setpieces in the film are really excellent.

/Ghibli isn't really closing down, just shedding their in-house animators and switching to freelancers
//still, I'd be surprised if anything they produce ends up comparable to what Miyazaki authored
 
2014-08-04 01:33:50 AM  

Strolpol: High on my (very) short list of "live-action anime adaptations" that could work is Castle of Cagliostro. I know Lupin is pretty out-of-character compared to the rest of the franchise, but the action and setpieces in the film are really excellent.

/Ghibli isn't really closing down, just shedding their in-house animators and switching to freelancers
//still, I'd be surprised if anything they produce ends up comparable to what Miyazaki authored


To be honest, he's not even that creative. He has one story he's told very well a dozen different times about a plucky red-headed girl in a magical land of ruins and nature and her bittersweet interactions with the people there.
 
2014-08-04 01:39:29 AM  
The great thing about him though was how well he told that story. He was really, really good at it. So we let him do it again, and again, and again.

His animation is like Morgan Freeman's voice acting.

He will be missed, but I've buried enough geniuses to know there will always be another forthcoming. And like he said, it's not that Ghibli is just gonna disappear. They're just evolving into a parent company, like Disney.
 
2014-08-04 01:40:50 AM  
Someone just made this tribute to Miyazaki.
 
2014-08-04 01:49:40 AM  
I've not heard anything about this on the news in Japan. If it really was closing down, I am pretty sure it would be headline news.

/anyone seen "When Marnie was There"? It's a great book, and I'd like to find time to see the film
//don't know why they had to move it to Hokkaido, though
 
2014-08-04 01:55:51 AM  

No Catchy Nickname: I've not heard anything about this on the news in Japan.


It's not closing, it's letting some animation staff go and taking a small break from box office features.
 
2014-08-04 02:00:30 AM  
Too bad. I heard he was planning on making a movie based on a pair of tiny vowels who wake up to discover they've become ghosts.

I'm sure "Wee A Boos" would have been a big hit.
 
2014-08-04 02:21:22 AM  
Damn that was a depressing movie.
 
2014-08-04 02:24:23 AM  

doglover: No Catchy Nickname: I've not heard anything about this on the news in Japan.

It's not closing, it's letting some animation staff go and taking a small break from box office features.


Well that explains it.
 
2014-08-04 02:36:55 AM  

hamdinger: Too bad. I heard he was planning on making a movie based on a pair of tiny vowels who wake up to discover they've become ghosts.

I'm sure "Wee A Boos" would have been a big hit.


You should kill yourself. We would all get a laugh out of it.
 
2014-08-04 02:41:28 AM  
Noooooooooooooo! I loved Princess Mononoke!!!! Saw that years back with a friend after a nice long road trip. Good memories. I think the studio also put out one of my favorite animes, 'Paprika'.
 
2014-08-04 03:16:37 AM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Still not as depressing as "Where the Red Fern Grows".


I see your bid and raise with...

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2014-08-04 03:22:33 AM  
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2014-08-04 04:08:07 AM  

teto85: I rejoice in knowing his works and having seen everything he has had a hand in, from Conan, Boy of the Future to The Wind Rises.  Marnie will have to wait.  You know I am a fan, just look at my login name.

Arigato, Miyazaki-sensei.
[www.thereelbits.com image 640x351]


The amazing thing about Nausicaa is that not even that horrible "Warriors of The Wind" version could ruin it.
 
2014-08-04 04:34:35 AM  
Can someone tell me what all this means in "Merican" please?

/Is Grave of the Fireflies the same thing as Barefoot Gen? If so.....Christ, what a depressing movie.
 
2014-08-04 05:12:34 AM  

MagSeven: Is Grave of the Fireflies the same thing as Barefoot Gen?


No. Barefoot Gen is actually a happy story.

Yes, BAREFOOT GEN IS A HAPPY STORY. I know what it is, I know what I'm saying, I know the implausibility you may feel.

Grave of the Fireflies is a sad story. Doubly so when you know the truth behind the novel that inspired the movie.

You may do with this what you will.

/Plague Dogs
/Twilight of the Cockroaches
/The Mist
 
2014-08-04 05:57:40 AM  

MagSeven: Can someone tell me what all this means in "Merican" please?

/Is Grave of the Fireflies the same thing as Barefoot Gen? If so.....Christ, what a depressing movie.


Does Barefoot Gen involve a preteen burying his younger sister when she dies from radiation poisoning and starvation after they are orphaned by the nukes dropped on Japan in WWII? If not, then you probably haven't hit the depths of depression that is Grave of the Fireflies.
 
2014-08-04 06:04:12 AM  

Neeek: Does Barefoot Gen involve a preteen burying his younger sister when she dies from radiation poisoning and starvation after they are orphaned by the nukes dropped on Japan in WWII?


Not per se...

Barefoot Gen's more about this (spoilers, NSFW)

But at the end, it's a positive message. Gen even grows his pubes back.
 
2014-08-04 06:05:44 AM  

Neeek: MagSeven: Can someone tell me what all this means in "Merican" please?

/Is Grave of the Fireflies the same thing as Barefoot Gen? If so.....Christ, what a depressing movie.

Does Barefoot Gen involve a preteen burying his younger sister when she dies from radiation poisoning and starvation after they are orphaned by the nukes dropped on Japan in WWII? If not, then you probably haven't hit the depths of depression that is Grave of the Fireflies.


It's been a while since I've seen it, but it does involve people dying of radiation sickness due to Hiroshima (or Nagasaki) and a young boy as the protagonist who goes through a lot of turmoil. I honestly thought they were different names for the same movie.
 
2014-08-04 06:17:52 AM  

Strolpol: High on my (very) short list of "live-action anime adaptations" that could work is Castle of Cagliostro. I know Lupin is pretty out-of-character compared to the rest of the franchise, but the action and setpieces in the film are really excellent.

/Ghibli isn't really closing down, just shedding their in-house animators and switching to freelancers
//still, I'd be surprised if anything they produce ends up comparable to what Miyazaki authored


I can't think of any Ghibli films that wouldn't work as live action+cgi films. Just think of Howl's Moving Castle, or Spirited Away, rendered and acted sympathetically.

Of course, there's not a director I can think of offhand, apart from Miyazaki, who could pull it off. Maybe Lasseter - he seems to "get it". I can't think of an american production house or studio that wouldn't dumb the stories down and fark them up completely. Subtlety? whimsy? What's that?

Bitter? Me? At hollywood? Not at all............

Imagine Michael Keaton in a pig-suit, flying that seaplane.

Or Lauren Bacall in a giant fat suit as the witch of the waste. Might be a bit much to ask of her.

Patrick Stewart as Lord Yuba

Now imagine the cast list for Pom Poko and those enormous scrotums.......

/ I can dream
 
2014-08-04 06:20:03 AM  
My personal favorite has always been Porco Rosso. A shame, I suppose, even if they're just restructuring, but everything changes eventually.
 
2014-08-04 07:13:19 AM  

doglover: MagSeven: Is Grave of the Fireflies the same thing as Barefoot Gen?

No. Barefoot Gen is actually a happy story.

Yes, BAREFOOT GEN IS A HAPPY STORY. I know what it is, I know what I'm saying, I know the implausibility you may feel.

Grave of the Fireflies is a sad story. Doubly so when you know the truth behind the novel that inspired the movie.

You may do with this what you will.

/Plague Dogs
/Twilight of the Cockroaches
/The Mist


Some of the others seem to be based on sad stories too.

My wife read about the village/missing girl story that inspired Totoro... and because of it, became convinced that Mei was supposed to be dead in the film from the moment she ran away. And we were just seeing her ghost after Satsuki and Catbus found her. I'm still not sure she believes me when I tell her that probably wasn't what he intended for this particular film.
 
2014-08-04 07:17:42 AM  
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2014-08-04 07:28:35 AM  
I can appreciate Ghibli for the technical aspect of his movies, and such artistry will be missed sorely, but I always felt the movies themselves were overhyped.

/More of a Mamoru Oshii/Satoshi Kon/Katsuhiro Otomo/Kenji Kamiyama guy
 
2014-08-04 07:31:06 AM  

clkeagle: I'm still not sure she believes me when I tell her that probably wasn't what he intended for this particular film.


Especially because of the fact that Totoro only got made on special government culture grant money that was awarded for them to produce a historical film, namely Grave of the Fireflies.

So they were originally a double feature. Also Ghibli films aren't usually shy about showing death. They stay light hearted, but there's plenty of the macabre.

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2014-08-04 07:38:00 AM  

clkeagle: doglover: MagSeven: Is Grave of the Fireflies the same thing as Barefoot Gen?

No. Barefoot Gen is actually a happy story.

Yes, BAREFOOT GEN IS A HAPPY STORY. I know what it is, I know what I'm saying, I know the implausibility you may feel.

Grave of the Fireflies is a sad story. Doubly so when you know the truth behind the novel that inspired the movie.

You may do with this what you will.

/Plague Dogs
/Twilight of the Cockroaches
/The Mist

Some of the others seem to be based on sad stories too.

My wife read about the village/missing girl story that inspired Totoro... and because of it, became convinced that Mei was supposed to be dead in the film from the moment she ran away. And we were just seeing her ghost after Satsuki and Catbus found her. I'm still not sure she believes me when I tell her that probably wasn't what he intended for this particular film.


I'm sure she's a lovely person (no realli!), but she must be fun at parties.

What does she think about the ending to Laputa?
 
2014-08-04 08:13:59 AM  

Neeek: radiation poisoning


There is no radiation poisoning in Grave of the Fireflies - the destruction in the movie is just good ol' firebombing, (which killed far more people)  It takes place in and outside of Kobe.
 
2014-08-04 08:17:20 AM  
STILL waiting for US release of 'The Wind Rises' DVD

www.spotlightreport.net
 
2014-08-04 08:27:50 AM  
Keira Knightley really needs a sammich
www.forafewmoviesmore.com
 
2014-08-04 08:35:37 AM  
I have enjoyed all the Miyazaki movies I have seen.  I was even able to see some in theaters which was a treat.  This is sad news but the nice thing about art is we still have everything the studio produced.
 
2014-08-04 09:00:01 AM  

Andric: May as well.  All of their non-Hayao films are crap, anyway.


Uh, grave of fireflies and pon poco are 2 of their best....
 
2014-08-04 09:36:56 AM  
Let's not forget their latest venture:

www.mechadamashii.com

The non-mecha parts of Gundam Unicorn's third episode were done by Studio Ghibli.
 
2014-08-04 09:52:26 AM  

Dinobot: I can appreciate Ghibli for the technical aspect of his movies, and such artistry will be missed sorely, but I always felt the movies themselves were overhyped.

/More of a Mamoru Oshii/Satoshi Kon/Katsuhiro Otomo/Kenji Kamiyama guy


I feel the same way. I always got the impression that they were popular among "progressive" parents who would go out of their way to tell you how their kids watched "Studio Ghibli" instead of Disney.
 
2014-08-04 10:31:22 AM  
The first I ever saw was Laputa. Had no idea what it was, but fell in love with the style.

That encounter led to me staying up to two in the morning to watch Legend of the Overfiend on SciFi(still on it's old name) and the other one by the same guy I think, that's even worse than Overfiend( with the nurse raping zombies).

Fark you, Totoro. Fark you.
 
2014-08-04 11:13:56 AM  
This is sad.  However, I hope they still keep making Pokemon.
 
2014-08-04 11:17:49 AM  
As bad as this is, it had to stop sometime.
 
2014-08-04 11:21:05 AM  

Dahnkster: Keira Knightley really needs a sammich
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Damnit, I remember that scene and now all the joy is gone from my day.
 
2014-08-04 11:23:15 AM  

InterruptingQuirk: This is what we get for shunning English-dubbed shiate and downloading fan-subs.

/I still wont watch dubs
//maybe now
///no, it's too late!


a lot of the dubbing is awful still but they invested in some decent actors for some of the films.  Princess Mononoke managed to snag Billy Bob Thorton and Minnie Driver for example.
 
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