The world of animation movies has fans from all over and no one has remained untouched by their magic. However, if you haven’t seen or heard about any Studio Ghibli movies then you can’t claim to be a hardcore animation fan.
Studio Ghibli is an old Japanese filmmaking company that has created some of the most magical movies that intently recreate human feelings and values.
The beauty of a Studio Ghibli story lies in the fact that not only it touches human life, it also shows how people deal with the difficulties of human life. Critics say “Spirited Away” as a movie has so many political messages that it can still be applied to today’s world. And what is astonishing is that the movie was made 19 years ago.
Hayao Miyazaki, the director of Ghibli movies, was born in Tokyo, Japan, on January 5, 1941. Imagine growing up in an environment where the consequences of Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbour, which reportedly killed 2,300 Americans, could be felt and seen in every aspect of Japanese life. The only way, his only escape, was the art he created. It gave him hope that life still had a chance.
So whether you watch Spirited Away or My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo or even Howl’s Moving Castle, you just cannot escape the effect these movies have. They are as much for children as they are for adults because of the political undertones.
Miyazaki’s oldest movie called “Animal Treasure Island” was made in 1971. And in 2018, the legendary director came out with a short anime called “Boro the Caterpillar” after a gap of five years. The political content and punch in these movies may not be understandable to all children, but adults will be blown away.
So, go ahead and watch a Studio Ghibli movie. Your journey into a magical realm awaits.
Agamonee Barbaruah is a writer who is interested in books and cinema. She mostly writes articles and essays, and is interested in women’s and social issues.
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