You may have been swept away by classics like Spirited Away or My Neighbor Totoro but, as I discovered a few years ago when I plopped down in front of a couch with a Studio Ghibli-obsessed friend, there is more to be discovered.
In celebration of Studio Ghibli’s 25th anniversary, American Cinemathetique theaters will be showing fourteen of the studio’s works–from the classic favorites (Howl’s Moving Castle, My Neighbors the Yamadas) to new, Los Angeles premieres (Only Yesterday), even post-Miyazaki creations (Whisper of the Heart, The Cat Returns, Ocean Waves).
I’ve always enjoyed the Studio Ghibli’s blend of masterful, evocative storytelling and made-by-hand cartooning style. Best of all, their stories, while universal (a young woman searches for her place in the world ala Kiki’s Delivery Service or a search for parents ala Sprited Away) all have a surprising otherworldly twist, which somehow make you look at your once-commonplace world quite differently. Listen to KPCC’s breakdown for more on the subject.
Shows are ongoing in two separate venues until February 13. Check out the schedule here and we hope to see you there!