Studio Ghibli Says Good Night

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The Guardian reported today that after 29 magical years, Studio Ghibli will cease making movies.

 

The Tokyo-based animation studio is downsizing its staff to manage trademarks and copyrights on its existing portfolio of 20 feature films. Toshio Suzuki, the general manager of the studio, announced the halt in production live on Japanese television on Sunday, August 3.

 

Suzuki took over day-to-day running of the studio when its co-founder Hayao Miyazaki retired last year. "Obviously, Miyazaki's retiring was quite significant," Suzuki said. "What should Ghibli do? ... Right about now, we will take a breather and think about what's next."

 

Studio Ghibli made its mark with morally complex yet family-friendly films, such as My Neighbour Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle, and the Oscar-winning film Spirited Away.

 

For more on this story, log onto TheGuardian.com.

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