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

Colin Odell , Michelle LeBlanc
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The animations of Japan's Studio Ghibli are amongst the most respected 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. This Kamera Book examines all their major works, 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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A great overview of Studio Ghibli's history 17 April 2009
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
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
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Film Studies Students: Buy it! 6 Sept. 2014
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This book is great for the readers it was meant to attract. For general fans of Ghibli it is a gateway into appreciating the films even more and for film studies students it gives you enough info for any essay or presentation. However if you're expecting a truck load of information about specific things then this won't satisfy you (For example: it tells you that Miyazaki and Takahata worked on the first Lupin III TV series; It doesn't tell you that the first director was fired after being asked to change some things).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fair but not great. 27 Jan. 2015
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This is a overall fairly good review of the formation and films of Studio Ghibili. What can be hard is following some aspects if it is a film that one has not seen, and the pre-studio formation works are not easy to find in my experience. There is clear enthusiasm for the Studio outputs, which sometimes gives a sense of a lack of objectivity, especially for Tales from Earthsea for example where it was clear the author is rather trying too hard to get a positive perspective. That said it was an enjoyable and fairly informative read.
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