Friday, 26 July 2013

Top 10 | Studio Ghibli Movie's

Studio Ghibli brings dreams to life. The films of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata are among the greatest ever made. These are my personal Top 10 Favorite films by the renowned animation company. I haven't seen every Studio Ghibli film, but I know that the ones I've chosen are all worthy of a place on this list.

10. Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
Hayao Miyazaki

Kiki's Delivery Service is such a fun, light-hearted, magical adventure. It's more of a children's movie, but I really connected to the story and the characters. 

9. Ponyo (2008)
Hayao Miyazaki

Ahh Ponyo. This is definitely one of the most beautiful animated movies of all time. It's sooo cute and tons of fun.

8. Porco Rosso (1992) 
Hayao Miyazaki

Porco Rosso blew me away! He's laid-back, sassy, funny, and a tough son of a gun! His escapades with Fio had so much spark, I just wanted to see more!

7. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
Hayao Miyazaki

Nausicaa is one of the strongest female characters in the history of film. It's such a great story, and breathtakingly beautiful. Plus, you can't get much cuter than those giant Ohmu insects!

6. Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986)
Hayao Miyazaki

Laputa was one of the first Ghibli films I had ever seen, and it was my favorite for a long time. Every time I look up at the sky, I can't help but wonder if there's a beautiful floating island just waiting to be discovered ;)

5. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
Hayao Miyazaki

TOTORO, TO-TO-RO! I love this movie so much. I'd call it a perfect film. It's one of the greatest children's movies of all time, and by far one of the most magical films I've ever seen. Every time I walk in my backyard, I can't help but feel happy at the thought of a little Totoro watching me. 

4. Princess Mononoke (1997)
Hayao Miyazaki

Princess Mononoke is a masterpiece. Words cannot describe how amazing this film is. It delivers such an important message in the most powerful, mesmerising way possible. I adore the score, the animation, the story... everything about it!

3. Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
Hayao Miyazaki

I saw Howl's Moving Castle in my Japanese class when I was in 5th Grade. I never forgot it, and never will forget it. It's the most magical of all the Ghibli films, and my second favorite of all time. My heart flutters when I think of Howl and Sophie, and the lovable fire-demon, Calcifur! 

2. Spirited Away (2001)
Hayao Miyazaki

If someone said to me that Spirited Away was the greatest movie of all time, I'd completely understand. It's perfect. Just perfect! It takes my breath away every single time, and there's always something new to discover with each frame. It's the most visually beautiful animated movie of all time, that's for sure. 

1. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Isao Takahata

Grave of the Fireflies is the most powerful, devastating film I've ever seen. You know how powerful it is? Well I just started crying whilst flipping through the photos of this film. To me, it trumps almost every other film in the world today. My heart rips to pieces every time I watch this movie, but it's so masterful that I can't help but watch it over and over. Setsuko... ahh I need to learn to stop crying about it! 

Well that is my Top 10 Studio Ghibli Movies. What would your list include? 

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  1. An excellent list, I would place Howl's Moving Castle at the top personally, but when it comes to Studio Ghibli films it is really a matter of splitting hairs, because they all range from great to excellent. However, I am all for throwing love towards Grave of Fireflies, because it is truly one of the most visceral experiences one can have watching an animated film.

    1. Howl's Moving Castle makes me happier than all of the others :) It's probably my personal favorite, but Grave of the Fireflies undoubtedly has the most profound affect on me.

  2. My list would change from day-to-day.

    1) My Neighbor Totoro
    2) Grave of the Fireflies
    3) Spirited Away
    4) Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
    5) Kiki's Delivery Service
    6) Ponyo
    7) Whisper of the Heart
    8) Princess Mononoke
    9) Secret World of Arrietty
    10) Castle in the Sky

    1. I love Totoro! It's funny how your list completely jumbles mine up, yet I can still agree with your choices.

  3. 1. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
    2. Grave of the Fireflies
    3. Princess Mononoke
    4. Whisper of the Heart
    5. My Neighbor Totoro
    6. Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro
    7. Laputa: Castle in the Sky
    8. Spirited Away
    9. Howl's Moving Castle
    10. Ponyo