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Old 08-03-14, 05:05 PM
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Studio Ghibli to stop production of animated feature films?

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So itís now official :
Studio Ghibli is stopping production of animated feature films, according to producer Toshio Suzuki on MBS channel,
But itís not the end of Studio Ghibli.
According to my informations, they will keep a small staff for Hayao Miyazaki projects.
And also the ďMomonomaĒ department, which is Yoshiyuki Momose staff for production of commercials, music videos Ö
Momonoma artists are already freelance, and this is the reality : most of Studio Ghibli staff today are employees, with long term contracts.
Studio Ghibli canít pay this staff if thereís no more Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata (expensive but profitable) movies on the way.
Ghibli cost too much today, so theyíre just stopping the current system.
Before Porco Rosso, Studio Ghibli staff was freelance.
Theyíre coming back to this previous system.
Itís a restart, like Hoshino and Suzuki said.
Now they will focus on licensing, and Ghibli Museum.
And wait for new viable projects.

So letís wait & see.

Note : French magazines Le Monde and Liberation already talked about this information many months ago.
(Source : someoneone.blog116.fc2.com)
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Old 08-03-14, 09:07 PM
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Re: Studio Ghibli to stop production of animated feature films?

They haven't done much to develop successors to Miyazaki and Takahata, both of whom are in their 70s now. The one best hope they had was Yoshifumi Kondo, director of WHISPER OF THE HEART (1995), which I consider one of the finest animated movies ever made. But Kondo died of cancer in 1997. Without developing new directors (aside from Miyazaki's marginally talented son, Goro), the studio couldn't maintain the level of quality it had built up over the last 30 years. Besides, the last decade hasn't produced anything remotely like the kind of classics they made in the '80s and '90s.

Mamoru Hosoda (SUMMER WARS, WOLF CHILDREN) is the closest thing to a true successor of Miyazaki, but he'd never work for Ghibli.
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Old 08-03-14, 09:23 PM
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Re: Studio Ghibli to stop production of animated feature films?

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Ghibli Co-Founder Suzuki: Studio Considers Dismantling Production Department
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Toshio Suzuki: Ghibli considers "housecleaning" or restructuring after Miyazaki's retirement

Studio Ghibli representative director and co-founder Toshio Suzuki appeared on the TBS television program Jōnetsu Tairiku on Sunday to discuss the studio's future after Hayao Miyazaki's retirement from directing feature films.

Suzuki discussed the great changes that the entire studio is undergoing at the studio's shareholders meeting, and mused that they may include dismantling the production department. While there has been talk among some about dissolving the studio outright, Suzuki emphasized that the truth is that the studio is considering "housecleaning" or restructuring for now. The end result would be "rebuilding" the studio and creating an environment for the next generation.

Suzuki did not downplay the significance of Miyazaki's retirement. Still, he added, "On what to do with Studio Ghibli's future, it is by no means impossible to keep producing [movies] forever." He said the studio may take a brief pause and consider where to go from here.

Miyazaki (pictured far left in the photograph to the left) retired from directing feature films last year. Suzuki (sitting in center to the left of co-founder and director Isao Takahata) himself stepped down from his producer role this year, although he is assuming the new title of "general manager." The studio's latest film, When Marnie Was There from director Hiromasa Yonebayashi, opened at #3 during the July 19-20 weekend with 378,790,697 yen (US$3,721,297) on 461 screens.

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Re: Studio Ghibli to stop production of animated feature films?

This is likely the end of an era. They could probably get outside Western financing if they wanted it but the concomitant loss of control would effectively end the Studio Ghibli brand as an independent entity.
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Old 08-05-14, 01:43 PM
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Initial reports were overblown, and this is by no means the end of Ghibli. It's just a break period while they figure out when, how, and where they will go next.
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Old 08-05-14, 01:44 PM
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Re: Studio Ghibli to stop production of animated feature films?

Hey, if Pixar can lower themselves to make sequels, why can't Studio Ghibli start farming them out (like Totoro 2 wouldn't make bank)? Or at least another adaptation of Nausicaa. (before the pitchforks come out, let me just say I'm only kidding... except about the Nausicaa part)
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Hey, if Pixar can lower themselves to make sequels, why can't Studio Ghibli start farming them out (like Totoro 2 wouldn't make bank)? Or at least another adaptation of Nausicaa. (before the pitchforks come out, let me just say I'm only kidding... except about the Nausicaa part)
That Nausicaa idea is actually a good one. Has anyone actually floated it? The manga (also by Miyazaki) is excellent and went on for several volumes and could easily support a sequel or two or even a remake if done by someone with skill at creating a dystopian world with such fully-realized detail.
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Old 08-05-14, 06:08 PM
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Miyazaki stated at one point that he might be interested in making a Nausicaa sequel but in years after saying as much stated he wasn't going to make one. (Obviously, he is also retired from making feature films now so that would make things more difficult). I can't see Ghibli letting other directors make any sequels to Miyazaki's works.
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Old 08-06-14, 12:07 AM
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Re: Studio Ghibli to stop production of animated feature films?

Actually, about that Nausicaa sequel, as of about August of 2013, Miyazaki gave Anno his complete okay on doing a sequel. I imagine Anno might actually do it at some point after finishing Rebuild, considering his enthusiasm.
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