Several anime features created by Studio Ghibli have won the Animage Anime Grand Prix award including Castle in the Sky in 1986, My Neighbor Totoro in 1988, and Kiki's Delivery Service in 1989. In 2002, Spirited Away won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature, the first anime film to win an Academy Award.
Though the Italian word is pronounced with hard /g/, the Japanese pronunciation of the studio's name is dʑíbɯɺi . The theory behind the name was that the studio was blowing a new wind into the Japanese anime industry.
The most famous and lauded film from the studio that was not directed by Miyazaki is Grave of the Fireflies, directed by Isao Takahata, a sad film focusing on the lives of two war orphans towards the end of Second World War in Japan.
Over the years, there has been a close relationship between Studio Ghibli and the magazine Animage, which regularly runs exclusive articles about the studio and its members in a section titled "Ghibli Notes." Artwork from Ghibli's films and other works frequently graces the cover of the magazine.
The company is well-known for its strict "no-edits" policy in licensing their films abroad. This has stemmed from the disastrous dubbing of Miyazaki's Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind when the film was released in the United States as Warriors of the Wind. The film was heavily edited and Americanized, with significant portions cut and the plot rewritten. The "no cuts" policy was highlighted when Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein suggested editing Princess Mononoke to make it more marketable. In response, a Studio Ghibli producer sent an authentic katana with a simple message: "No cuts".
On February 1 2008, Toshi Suzuki stepped down from the position of Studio Ghibli president which he held since 2005, and Koji Hoshino (former president of Walt Disney Japan) took over. Suzuki said he wanted to improve films with his own hands as a producer, rather than demanding this from his employees. He has revealed that Takahata and Goro Miyazaki (director of Tales from Earthsea and Hayao's son) are developing projects for release after Hayao Miyazaki's Ponyo. Suzuki decided to hand over the presidency to Hoshino because Hoshino has helped Studio Ghibli sell its videos since 1996, as well as helped to release the Princess Mononoke film in the United States.
|Film||Original release date||Director|
|Lupin III: Castle of Cagliostro (released before the formation of Studio Ghibli)||1979||Hayao Miyazaki|
|Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (released before the formation of Studio Ghibli)||March 41984||Hayao Miyazaki|
|Laputa: Castle in the Sky||August 21986||Hayao Miyazaki|
|Grave of the Fireflies (shown alongside My Neighbor Totoro)||April 161988||Isao Takahata|
|My Neighbor Totoro (shown alongside Grave of the Fireflies)||April 161988||Hayao Miyazaki|
|Kiki's Delivery Service||July 291989||Hayao Miyazaki|
|Only Yesterday||July 201991||Isao Takahata|
|Porco Rosso||July 181992||Hayao Miyazaki|
|I Can Hear the Sea (also known as Ocean Waves)||May 51993||Tomomi Mochizuki|
|Pom Poko||July 161994||Isao Takahata|
|Whisper of the Heart||July 151995||Yoshifumi Kondo|
|Princess Mononoke||July 121997||Hayao Miyazaki|
|My Neighbors the Yamadas||July 171999||Isao Takahata|
|Ritual (live-action film produced by Studio Ghibli's live-action offshoot, Studio Kajino)||December 72000||Hideaki Anno|
|Spirited Away||July 272001||Hayao Miyazaki|
|Ghiblies Episode 2 (shown alongside The Cat Returns)||July 202002||Yoshiyuki Momose|
|The Cat Returns (shown alongside Ghiblies Episode 2)||July 202002||Hiroyuki Morita|
|Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (co-production between Studio Ghibli and Production I.G)||March 62004||Mamoru Oshii|
|Howl's Moving Castle||November 202004||Hayao Miyazaki|
|Tales from Earthsea||July 292006||Gorō Miyazaki|
|Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea||July 19 2008||Hayao Miyazaki|
|Unnamed Yoshiyuki Momose Film||2009 or 2010||Yoshiyuki Momose|
|Unnamed Isao Takahata Film||2009 or 2010||Isao Takahata|
|Unnamed Gorō Miyazaki film||TBA||Gorō Miyazaki|
In addition, Takahata, working with staff from the studio, contributed a segment to the 2004 experimental animation anthology Winter Days (Fuyu no Hi).