29 July 2013

Founded in 1985, Studio Ghibli has produced some of the worlds most successful and critically acclaimed Anime films over its 28 year history. We’re incredibly excited to be showing the very best of their movies, every Saturday from 10 August.

The studio’s directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, who have produced and directed almost all Studio Ghibli films since 1985, have been compared to Walt Disney, Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park and American director Robert Zemeckis.

Opening our Ghibli season is Princess Mononoke on 10 August. Set in the Japanese Middle Ages, the film pits ancient mountain gods against the industry and factories that are taking over the countries landscape. It was originally intended to be Miyazaki’s final film before retirement but its massive international success prompted him to continue at the studio.

One of the more recent films from Studio Ghibli, Ponyo is showing on Saturday 17 August. Based on the story of The Little Mermaid, Ponyo is a Goldfish who runs away from her home under the sea and befriends a human boy, turning herself human using the magic of her father and inadvertently causing an ‘imbalance in nature. It is the first film to use traditional ‘painted cell’ animation since Princess Mononoke in 1997.

Spirited Away, showing on 24 August, is the most successful Anime film ever, earning Studio Ghibli their first Oscar win on it’s release in 2001. Chihiro Ogino, a grumpy ten year old girl, moves to a new city where she enters a world of spirits and monsters who turn her parents to pigs and put her to work in a bath house to earn her freedom. It came top of the BFI’s list of 50 films to see before the age of 14

Based on the novel of the same name by Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle is showing on Saturday 31 August. An unconfident young woman is cursed by an angry, spiteful witch turning her into an old woman and her only chance to reverse the spell is a young wizard and his friends, aboard a giant castle that walks around the Japanese Countryside. 

Completing the season on 7 September is My Neighbour Totoro. It’s one of the best-loved family films of all time and is widely considered to be one of Studio Ghibli’s best movies. Two young girls find that their new countryside home is next to a mythical forest full of fantastical creatures called Totoros. 

Tickets for all five films are available now from the box office, by phone on 0871 902 5737 and online.