I’d like to thank Melissa for inviting me to do this guest post and share with you my favourite Studio Ghibli movies and why I love them so much. 😊
If you’re a Ghibli fan, I’m sure you’ll readily agree with me that it’s far too difficult to choose which movie you love the most, so I’ve chosen just a few to write about here.
My Favourite Ghibli Films
My Neighbour Totoro
My Neighbor Totoro is my favourite go-to Studio Ghibli movie. I fell in love with the captivating storyline of two young girls who move to the countryside to be closer to their hospitalised mother. During their exploration of their new surroundings, the girls discover a whole world of magical creatures hidden in their new home and in the forest nearby, including the soot sprites, the totoros and the enchanting Cat Bus. This movie is a visual feast full of sweet moments and is a film I can happily watch time and time again.
Another favourite film is Arriety, based on the novel The Borrowers. The fine details in this movie are just incredible. I loved how the world was shown from two viewpoints (that of the tiny people and the humans), and how simple everyday sights in nature like raindrops, flowers and plants took on new meaning. I also enjoyed the developing secret friendship between little Arriety and the human boy Sho who has a serious illness. This is a beautiful movie with gorgeous artwork and is a pleasure to watch.
Kiki’s Delivery Service
Another Ghibli favourite is Kiki’s Delivery Service, a wonderful film about a young witch called Kiki who moves to a new town and uses her magic to earn a living. I loved the trials and tribulations Kiki experienced as she learnt to make her own way in the world and gain her independence and discover her purpose in life as she grows into adulthood. I especially loved Kiki’s familiar, Jiji, a black cat that can talk. In my view, Jiji is a scene stealer with his witty and sarcastic remarks, especially when voiced by Phil Hartman.
My Neighbors The Yamadas
A surprisingly enjoyable and heart warming Ghibli film for me was My Neighbors The Yamadas. Admittedly, it took me a good half hour of watching this film before I was lured into the story, mainly because the animation is extremely different and isn’t bright and colourful like the other Ghibli movies as it is presented like a comic strip in watercolours. However, once I became immersed in the story I have to say this is one of my top fave Ghibli movies. I actually found some scenes of this film quite emotional because of certain things that were happening to the characters, but there were also lots of laugh out loud moments and some wise and witty comments from some of the characters as well (especially from the grandmother). This film covers many personal and family issues that are common to all of us around the world, like the frustrations and challenges of different relationships, getting old, first love, feeling under appreciated, and work/life balance. Overall, it shows people striving to maintain a household and keep a family together despite the difficulties but knowing that underneath the daily struggle of life’s hardships there still remains love for one another.
When Marnie Was There
When Marnie Was There is another favourite of mine. This is the story of Anna, an introverted young girl living with foster parents who feels they only want her for the government money they receive for looking after her. After Anna has a serious asthma attack, she is sent to the seaside to stay with relatives to recover and hopefully also bring her out of her shell. While exploring her new surroundings, Anna discovers an abandoned mansion and meets another girl called Marnie. They develop a friendship which is full of ups and downs (as is usual with teenage girls). I loved the development of the story between the two girls as well as the intriguing mystery of who Marnie and Anna really are. The ending of this film moved me to tears.
I love the films made by Studio Ghibli because they are written extremely well and allow me to easily form connections to the characters and feel the emotions right along with them. I also really love the animation itself, the colours used, the way characters are drawn, and especially all the fine details they put into their films.
So now you know why I love Studio Ghibli movies! If you haven’t seen a Ghibli movie yet, I suggest you go out right now and get one to watch – you won’t be disappointed! 😊
Do you like Studio Ghibli? Which Movie is you favourite? Let me know in the comments; we can start a discussion.
Sue is an Australian wildlife blogger; if you are interested in reading more from her, you can find Sue at mywildaustralia.wordpress.com.