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Soar and get Spirited Away by Ghibli

The Japanese studio has earned a global following for its sublime animation, and fantastical and realistic stories

Published on Aug 17, 2014 9:58 AM
Spirited Away. -- PHOTO: STUDIO GHIBLI

Cries of dismay and disappointment echoed on the Internet early last week.

You might have thought that the cries were in response to a ban on videos of kittens and puppies, but they were in response to reports that beloved Japanese animation outfit Studio Ghibli was closing down.

The studio is the home of films such as Spirited Away (2001), Princess Mononoke (1997) and My Neighbour Totoro (1988) in which beautifully rendered drawings tell stories which beguile, excite and move, but never pander by either reaching for easy sentiment or over-simplifying things for the audience.

So when producer Toshio Suzuki was reported by the Western media as saying in an interview on Japanese network TBS on Aug 3 that the studio was closing, fans wailed. It turned out to be a translation error. What Suzuki said was that the studio would "pause" production to think about how to rebuild itself.

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