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Studio Ghibli: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata [Paperback]

Colin Odell , Michelle Le Blanc
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23 Mar 2009

The animations of Japan’s Studio Ghibli are amongst the highest regarded in the movie industry. Their delightful films rank alongside the most popular non-English language films ever made, with each new eagerly-anticipated release a guaranteed box-office smash. Yet this highly profitable studio has remained fiercely independent, producing a stream of imaginative and individual animations. The studio’s founders, long-time animators Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki, have created timeless masterpieces. Although their films are distinctly Japanese their themes are universal—humanity, community, and a love for the environment. No other film studio, animation or otherwise, comes close to matching Ghibli for pure cinematic experience. All their major works are examined here, as well the early output of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, exploring the cultural and thematic threads that bind these films together.


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Kamera Books (23 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842432796
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842432792
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Colin Odell is a freelance author and film critic. He has co-authored books about John Carpenter, Tim Burton, Horror Films, Jackie Chan and Vampire Films and contributed to Wallflower Press's Alter Image and The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy. He is a regular writer for Kamera.co.uk and Vector.

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Colin Odell and Michelle Le Blanc are the coauthors of Horror Films, Jackie ChanJohn Carpenter, Tim Burton, and Vampire Films, and contributors to  Alter Image and The Greenwood Encyclopaedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great overview of Studio Ghibli's history 17 April 2009
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I really enjoyed this book. It was very insightful, giving each and every project the two animation masters ever worked on a well-deserved mention and, at least for the most popular ones, a pretty thoughtful analysis. The writing itself was vivid and interesting to read.

As an introduction to the studio it is a great place to start, other than the movies themselves. If you're already a big Ghibli fan, as I am, you might not discover much new information, but it's still a great buy as it's a very convenient overview. I would have liked it if there were a bit more pictures, there were only some in the middle of the book, but all in all this was a solid release.

Highly recommended for any Ghibli fan, or fans of great animated films in general.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful for Ghibli fans 8 Jan 2010
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I am a Ghibli fan, so I decided to purchase this book without references about whether it's good or not.
And I love it! You find here some essays about the Ghibli films, academic but easy for reading, which gives a wonderful point of view of the films. Besides it offers a lot of information of the career of Miyazaki and Takahata before creating Studio Ghibli, the films and series they made and all that.
If you love Studio Ghibli, you will love this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview 30 Dec 2011
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The currently shipped edition is an updated 2010 version which now includes Ponyo and a full colour centre section with photos from The Castle of Cagliostro Goshu the Cellist and up to Ponyo again. So all in all a great buy if you are looking for an easy to read very informative overview of Studio Ghibli the people involved and their prior history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Customer review 26 July 2013
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A succinct history of Studio Ghibli and it's roots, coupled with an insightful look into both the studio's movies and it's founder's early works. Written by a fan, to be read by fans, this is an interesting read for anyone close to the works of Studio Ghibli and is certainly worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 28 July 2014
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Really interesting read,essential for a real Ghibli fan
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