Studio Ghibli, Or Being Side-tracked

George Mager via Rocket News 24

As I predicted last post, our annual Studio Ghibli marathon sprang into action.

Much like winter, spring, summer, and fall, there seems to be a season that casts a nostalgic spell on my husband, and makes him want to re-watch our entire Studio Ghibli collection. It usually coincides with a blast of cold weather, when the leaves are returning to the trees and everything is about to be green again, but the weather isn’t nice enough to enjoy just yet. (And when it is, the pollen gets you…just can’t win.)

Having re-watched most of the movies now, I noticed that there’s a lot of nature and greenery to each film. So, I’m wondering if there’s some kind of psychological connection my husband has to Studio Ghibli. Cold = no outdoors, no happy memories. Studio Ghibli = nature, but indoors, and also happy memories? Dunno…that kinda dumbs it down too much, I guess.

A more logical answer would probably be the fact that we watched new the Studio Ghibli/Hayao Miyazaki documentary: “The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness” via iTunes. Wouldn’t you know that it’s on Netflix now? Should have waited. But regardless, it’s really a must for all Studio Ghibli fans. Seeing director/animator Hayao Miyazaki at work sheds a lot of light on the influences in his films. I really enjoyed it. He’s an awesome, nature-loving, artistic, Japanese grandpa.

Anyhow, altogether we re-watched:

  1. Howl’s Moving Castle
  2. My Neighbor Totoro
  3. Up On Poppy Hill
  4. Kiki’s Delivery Service
  5. Whisper of the Heart
  6. Nausicaa
  7. Ponyo
  8. The Secret World of Arrietty
  9. The Cat Returns
  10. Pom Poko
  11. My Neighbors The Yamadas
  12. Porco Rosso
  13. Castle In The Sky
  14. Princess Mononoke
  15. The Castle of Cagliostro
  16. Spirited Away
  17. Horus: Prince of the Sun

All in that order. Most nights it was pick one out of hat. With the exception that we know to start with Howl’s Moving Castle, cause it’s arguably the best. And I can’t watch Princess Mononoke if I have PMS, cause I have daydreams of running away into the woods never to be seen again.

Now, we’re only lacking Tales of Earthsea, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, Grave of the FireFlies, and The Wind Rises. We would have watched Tales of Earthsea sooner, however, we own a very old subtitled bootleg edition of it…because my husband collected a lot these movies before there was an official U.S. release. Since then we’ve replaced most of them with official U.S. versions, but seemingly, Earthsea was overlooked. We have it ordered and await it’s arrival to continue the marathon. We have to watch The Wind Rises last because it was released last. We are slightly neurotic that way.

givemoneyBut speaking of official U.S. releases, there’s several Studio Ghibli films we have not seen because, to my knowledge, they aren’t available to us. Ghibli I want to give you my money, please make this happen! We are lacking:

  1. Only Yesterday
  2. Night of Taneyamagahara
  3. Panda, Go Panda
  4. Future Boy Conan
  5. I Can Hear The Sea (Does anyone know if this is the same as Ocean Waves??)
  6. Ocean Waves
  7. On Your Mark
  8. The Sky-Colored Seed
  9. Ghiblies
  10. When Marnie Was There

And related stuff like:

11. Marco
12. The King and the Mockingbird
13. Like the Clouds, Like the Wind
14. Ronia the Robber’s Daughter
15. Mei and the Kittenbus

It’s very frustrating when you can’t read or speak Japanese and your only option is an English subtitle bootleg, that might or might not play correctly in your DVD player or computer…the risks you take to appreciate art.

Anyways with our Studio Ghibli marathon nearly over, we’ll be getting back to AFI’s 100 years 100 movies soon.


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