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Favorite Studio Ghibli Films

Updated on November 12, 2012

Animated movies! I can just sit, relax and watch an animated movie specially if its from Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. I can't remember what was the first movie I had seen and how did I came across it, but since I enjoyed that movie so much, I search for the director, and from there I got into more of his movies and the studios. And I'm just happy I did as I enjoyed each of the movies. It travels me into great places with my imagination.

And since I love Studio Ghibli films, I thought I should make a hub for this and list the studios animated films, all of which I had seen and enjoyed.

Just about to settle to a new town, 10 year old Chihiro got the adventure of her life by being trapped into the spirit world with her parents being transformed into pigs.
Just about to settle to a new town, 10 year old Chihiro got the adventure of her life by being trapped into the spirit world with her parents being transformed into pigs. | Source

1. I would go first with "Spirited Away."

Although I can hardly remember which Studio Ghibli film I had seen first, I'm pretty sure that "Spirited Away" wasn't the first one. But it is far way my favorite of all. I just enjoyed the animation and the characters.

Produced by Studio Ghibli in year 2001, every scene and the magic in this film is just captivating. A very well done animated film. And in fact, I had watched this movie more than once. It was such magical and brought me to another world where dragon, magic, and spirits exist.

2. "Kiki's Delivery Service."

A film about the courage to live on her own to train as a young witch and the adventure that comes along with it. This could be another good animated film to watch for the whole family and I really enjoyed this film. I had a good laugh specially with the talking black cat. There's nothing much action in the movie but the lesson is still in here for the young kids to learn.

"Kiki's Delivery Service" was released in year 1989 and the English dub was made in year 1997 by Disney. That would be the dub that we had enjoyed watching. From the year it was released, we can say it was an older animated movie but still, the fun on watching "Kiki's Delivery Service" is still in there which is why I had watched the movie more than twice and I had still enjoyed it.


3. "Howl's Moving Castle"

A movie about love and magic, Howl's Moving Castle is a great movie and would keep you focus on the screen. A love story would be in this movie, trust, and adventure and the movie revolves in magic with a handsome wizard.

The movie was released year 2004, written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and was considered one of the most Japanese film that was successful financially as it earned a total of $231.7 million.

As like watching other Miyazaki films, I got hooked in this one as it travels me into strange and beautiful places in the scene. It makes me feel like I'm in there with the characters.


4. "Princess Mononoke"

For those who loves adventure and action, " Princess Mononoke" would be a great one to watch specially with guys. As for me, I enjoyed watching this movie and I was so into it since the very start. The movie was just starting but it already got my attention as this is just my type of animated film, a little bit of magic, adventure and the nature scenes.

There's also a good lesson that can be learned in here, that is, we should respect and love Mother Nature which is another reason why I think this movie would be a great choice for all of us to watch.

Princess Mononoke
Princess Mononoke | Source

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5. "My Neighbor Totoro"

For those who are looking for fun and that inner child within, "My Neighbor Totoro" would be just a perfect animated film for the whole family to enjoy.

Released from 1988, My Neighbor Totoro was the fantasy movie just right for those who loves this type of film and was produced by Studio Ghibli. I did watched this movie and just like the other film of Hayao Miyazaki, I had some giggles with this as I feel like a kid again watching the two characters Satsuki and Mei and of course Totoro (the forest keeper.) I connected with the movie too as there are a lot of scenes related to our life before living close to the field and nature.


6. "The Cat Returns"

A fantasy type movie, I bet this one would be enjoyed by cat lovers as it has a really good story. I also had a good laugh at this one, it is entertaining.

At year 2002, this animated movie was released in Japan and the English by Walt Disney the following year, which was 2003.

Back to the movie, the girl on the photo was Haru, a shy girl whose currently in high school and has the ability to speak with cats. Her journey to the Cat Kingdom started when she saved a cat one on the street one day from being hit. It happens to be that the cat she saved was the cat prince! She then got the offer to marry the prince, which she doesn't want to.

Haru had her journey to the Cat Kingdom with two cat companions, Muta and Baron.


7. "Whispers Of The Heart"

Watching this movie, I remember the saying, "the more you hate, the more you love." There's just that one scene in this film that made me laughed which is one of my favorite part. Who would know that there would be love at the end? This is the movie for people who likes drama, or for those who enjoys love story, as this movie is a good one made into an animated film.

Written by Hayao Miyazaki, "Whispers of the Heart" was produced by Studio Ghibli year of 1995. Yoshifumi Kondo directed the film whom three years later had passed away because of aneurysm.

8. "Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea"

A Studio Ghibli film that Hayao Miyazaki had written and directed. This movie was released year 2008 in Japan and in US the following year.

The animated movie's character might be just a 5 year old boy but I totally like the movie when I saw it. Kids would love this movie specially seeing the two characters, the 5 year old boy Sosuke and the goldfish that he had spotted, stocked on a small glass bottle drifting on the sea. I love seeing good animation and when the movie has some magic in it just like this film.


9. "Laputa: Castle In The Sky"

Another animated film written by Hayao Miyazaki that he also directed. This was a 1986 film. I can hardly believe it's been that long since the film was release. I was merely 2 years old and I had just watched and enjoyed this movie 24 years after the release. Anyhow, I still love the animation and the story. Everyone deserves some "me" time and used their imagination to explore magical places and that's how this movie was to me.

"Laputa" is a castle in the sky hidden from human civilization but the girl named Sheeta has a pendant that might be the key to finding the way to the castle in the sky.

Her adventure start as she tries to escape both the pirates and the military whose after her pendant as both parties believes she would show them the way on how to get on floating castle.

10. "Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind"

This was the third movie I had watched. Another animated film that was created by Hayao Miyazaki that was released in 1984.

An adventure film, might be the oldest of all movies by Studio Ghibli as the movie was created before the studio was founded but the making of the movie and the graphics was good.

This was the story of a girl, the princess of the Valley of the Wind who has to stop another kingdom from using a destructive weapon just to eradicate the mutant giant insects that was occupying the Toxic Jungle.

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind | Source
Tales From Earthsea
Tales From Earthsea | Source

11. "Tales From Earthsea"

An animated movie that was released in year 2006 and was inspired by Hayao Miyazaki's manga.

As with watching the movie, I love all Studio Ghibli films, fantasy and adventure type of movies can keep me lost track of hours. And Tales From Earthsea is one of those. The part of the story I enjoyed was the wizard in the movie, Sparrowhawk and of course the young Prince Arren. But then later on as the movie goes on, another third character,a girl named Therru showed up and became another companion for the young prince. She's a bit mysterious which makes the movie more interesting for me to watch.

12. "The Borrower's Arrietty"

When I saw the movie trailer, I got so excited as I'm sure I'm going to love this film. This really reminds me of "Thumbelina" that I or my mom used to read on a book before when I was in grade school. And seeing the graphics of The Borrower's Arrietty just took me to a whole new world of fantasy. I just enjoy movies of this kind with fairies, gnomes, and this film, the little people and their borrowing of things from the humans.

Produced by Studio Ghibli, this fantasy animated film was written by Hayao Miyazaki and which Hiromasa Yonebayashi had directed year 2010.

I haven't seen the movie until now but I know the time I would be able to watch the movie, I would love it just like the rest I had watched.

"The Borrower's Arrietty"
"The Borrower's Arrietty" | Source

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      Rachael Lefler 5 years ago from Illinois

      I thought I'd seen all of them but I never saw EarthSea. I really want to see every single one. I loved the recent ones (Borrowers and Ponyo) but Spirited Away was better for me because it had really good character development in Chihiro and there were so many great supporting characters like Lin, Haku, and Komagi.

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      precy anza 5 years ago from San Diego

      Wow! And I haven't seen Arrietty yet. :) You would like Earthsea if you watch it. And Ghibli was about to make another two movies as I saw it on Wikipedia, "From Up On Poppy Hill" for this year and "The Tale OF The Bamboo Cutter" which is gonna be next year. I love Spirited Away too ^-^'

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      Maemers 4 years ago from Indiana

      I've loved Studio Ghibli since I was a little girl and saw "My Neighbor Totoro." I feel that they are a highly underrated selection of films in the United States, most everyone I know hasn't seen any of them or heard of them. While I don't think some of the films are as good as others there isn't one of them I haven't seen multiple times, excludind Arietty since I saw it in theaters. Howl's Moving Castle is still my favorite, Spirited Away a close second.

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      precy anza 4 years ago from San Diego

      @ Maemers: Then I guessed I can consider myself lucky from knowing about Studio Ghibli movies ^.^' I was bored one day and looking for animated movies and got into, I believed was "Howl's Moving Castle." I loved it and when the movie was done I searched for more. It's like finding a treasure chest ^-^'

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