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Introduction

Founded in June 15th, 1985, by Hayao Miyazaki, Toshio Suzuki, and Isao Takahata, Studio Ghibli is a Japanese animation film studio based in Koganei, Tokyo. While it is best known for it's successful animated feature films, Studio Ghibli has also produced a number of short films, television commercials, and a television film. Its works have won a number of prizes, including many Animage Anime Grand Prix awards and four Japanese Academy Prize for Animation of the Year awards. They have also received five Academy Award nominations, and one of its films, Spirited Away , won the Golden Bear in 2002 and the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film in 2003.

Hayao Miyazaki Toshio Suzuki Isao Takahata

For a list of some of Studio Ghibli's feature films, click here.

Origin

Studio Ghibli had recieved it's name from the Arabic word for "hot desert wind." The directors wanted Studio Ghibli to "blow a new wind" through the animation industry, and thought this name to be fitting. "Ghibli" was also used to refer to the Italian scouting airplanes during WWII, so Miyazaki's love for both airplanes and Italy were thought to influence his decision in using the word "Ghibli".

Studio Ghibli's main distributors include GKIDS, for North America, StudioCanal, for the UK and Ireland, Germany based Wild Bunch, who handles international sales, and Disney, for Japanese Home Video, Taiwan, and France. In 1996, Disney and Tokuma Shoten, who's company Toshio Suzuki had been an editor at, established a relationship in which they agreed Buena Vista Pictures would be the only international distributor for Tokuma Shoten's Studio Ghibli animated films. Since then, all films previously dubbed by Streamline Pictures had been re-dubbed by Disney. Studio Ghibli and Tokuma Shoten had ended up merging on June 1, 1997, in hopes of media consolidation. However, in April of 2005, Studio Ghibli had ended their partnership with Tokuma Shoten and was remade as an independent company.

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