Studio Ghibli is a Japanese animation film studio that is internationally distributed by Disney. It has been around since 1985 but officially became a studio in 1986. The now retired Hayao Miyazaki is to Japanese animation as Walt Disney was to American animation. Instead of a mouse as his iconic symbol he has a giant tree cat spirit. His name is Totoro and he is awesome. He also has a great song which can be heard at the end of “My Neighbor Totoro”.
These films have a much different feel and pacing to their story than their American counterparts. They are very focused and don’t try to keep your attention they just keep your attention.
For the next 5 weeks I’m going to highlight my 5 favorite Studio Ghibli films one at a time. Unlike my other articles this is totally based on just my opinion.
Another thing to note is almost every Studio Ghibli film is at least a 9 out of 10 in my opinion so even though one will be ranked 5 and another is 1 it’s very very close.
We also want to hear from you! So please tell us each week what you would have put in the rank I have selected. Or if you’ve never seen the film watch it and share your review!
Without further adieu (other than that and then this)
“The Secret World of Arrietty” is based off the book “The Borrowers” and has a great English voice cast of Amy Poehler, Will Arnett and Carol Burnett. This film was not directed by Hayao Miyazaki but by a long time animator Hiromasa Yonebayashi.
The world that “Arrietty” creates brings me back to the feelings I had when watching “The Secret of Nhim” or “American Tale”. When I was a little boy and we ordered pizza there was this little thing in the middle that would stop the pizza from touching the top of the box. In my head it was a little table. I would take it out and leave it in the corner of the kitchen with a piece of pizza on it for the small world that lived around us. To be fair they always seemed to take it with the table so I was certain I was helping.
Anywho… “The Secret World of Arrietty” is a very nice coming of age film that mixes in some danger with good messages. The characters are well developed and you really root for Arrietty. There are probably better films from Studio Ghibli that could be in the number 5 spot but “The Secret World of Arrietty” has a special place in my heart.
Please tell us what you would put at number 5! If you haven’t seen “Arrietty” stop what you are doing go see it and tell us what you think!