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The Ghibli Movie Guide

by Mikayla Samonte

All about the wonderful Studio Ghibli movies!

Porco Rosso Thumbs up gif Howl's Moving Castle landscape Sophie Hat gif Totoro Boy in a plane gif Ponyo gif

Featured Movies

Howl's moving castle movie poster

Howl's Moving Castle

Porco rosso movie poster

Porco Rosso

The Tale of Princess Kaguya movie poster

The Tale of Princess Kaguya

ponyo movie poster


Studio Ghibli Characters Howl's Moving Castle Summary Porco Rosso Summary Ponyo Summary


Studio Ghibli, acclaimed Japanese animation film studio that was founded in 1985 by animators and directors Miyazaki Hayao and Takahata Isao and producer Suzuki Toshio. In 1985 with funding from Tokyo-based publishing company Tokuma Shoten Takahata, Miyazaki, and Suzuki founded Studio Ghibli, a small production studio in the suburbs of Tokyo. Studio Ghibli is known for the high quality of its filmmaking and its artistry. Its feature films won both critical and popular praise and influenced other animation studios. The headquarters are in Tokyo.
"The trio’s first feature film was Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, a post-apocalyptic fantasy adventure based on a manga of the same name published by Miyazaki. Released under the Tokuma Shoten name, it was a success, and prompted the small team to begin their next production. Unlike other animation studios at the time, Studio Ghibli didn’t care for international commercial success at first. The makers purely wanted to use their art to explore the depths of the human experience, and tell heart-felt, poetic stories. Void of traditional villains, even the Ghibli “baddies” are somewhat likable, each with their own backstory to explain their behavior."

What Does Studio Ghibli Mean?

"The name “Ghibli” refers to the Italian word for the “Hot Sahara Wind.” The name is fitting because the studio wanted to “blow new wind through the anime industry.” The name also refers to Miyazaki’s love for Italy and planes. He was inspired by the Caproni Ca.309 Ghibli, a surveillance aircraft that was designed in Italy during the Second World War."

The Current Endevors

"The Studio ghibli theme park has set Nov. 1, 2022, as the date for its official opening. The park is being built within the Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park, near Nagoya in Central Japan on a site that is 494 acres. The park will eventually have five themed areas. The section based on “My Neighbor Totoro” will be the first to open. Two more areas — one themed around “Princess Mononoke,” the tale of a girl raised by wolves in a forest, and another inspired by “Kiki’s Delivery Service” and “Howl’s Moving Castle” — will open next year. It has previously been reported that the final two sections will open by the end of March 2024. Visitor numbers are expected to total around one million in the early stages and hit 1.8 million annually when all sections are completed.
Miyazaki officially came out of retirement in 2016, after retiring in 2013. The company announced that he will be coming back to work on a new film called Kimi-tachi wa Dō Ikiru ka ( “How Do You Live?”). "Little is known about the film, other than the fact that it’s a film adaptation of a 1937 novel of the same name written by Yoshino Genzaburo. The studio announced that the film is Miyazaki’s way of saying goodbye to his grandson in his old age, providing a way of teaching him about the spiritual side of life through his art. The novel’s story follows a teenage boy named Koperu as he comes into his adult life and forms his views and outlook on life. A release date has not been announced, although the film was at one point intended to be released near the time of the 2020 Summer Olympics."

Current Updates

This is the fifth week I believe of working on these webpages (Week 9/Rough Cut). This week I finished adding all the different types of pages I wanted to add, specifically adding in different pages for each movie. I also worked on making sure the navigation works and updated how it looked while hovering over different links. I believe this set of pages is almost done, I will need to reword a few of the large word sections as most of them are a combination of copy-pasted information that I will change. I believe this mainly follows the requirements of having a home page, subpages, navigation, and is responsive. I think the main responsive strategy I used was making my units percentages so they would change as the window changed.


This set of webpages is all about different Studio Ghibli movies I have seen. I haven't watched all of them so these will be just a few that are either my favorite or I have just watched.

Totoro on a tree

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