The Japanese studio behind My Neighbour Totoro and Spirited Away may have made its final film
So let’s suppose this is true. It wouldn’t be an altogether bad thing, honestly. It’s good to go out on top, rather than just linger on and on forever because nobody wants to say goodbye or lose a bit of nostalgia or whatever. Leaving on top is what made something like Bill Watterson’s CALVIN & HOBBES have such a lasting power. If it had gone for another ten years and turned into, say, Garfield…we wouldn’t give two shits about it now.
Miyazaki says he’s retired, after his last film, THE WIND RISES. It was a spectacular film, heartbreaking and astonishing and left me so bereft and overwhelmed, it was weeks before I could discuss it. And I can talk about animation at the drop of a hat.
If he stops there (and it seems like this time he will, despite having retired a few times in the past), he’s gone out on a perfect high note, after the end of a career full of practically no missteps whatsoever.
The same goes for Isao Takahata, and even for the production work of Toshio Suzuki. So if they all gracefully bow out and the studio closes down…we are left with a perfect little thing, the existence of Ghibli, which began and ended well.
We don’t see a lot of that in art. Mostly because you need a lot of courage to quit. When we do see it, I think it’s important to accept it as gracefully as we can, even if our natural inclination is to shout “no! one more story!”
Mei to Koneko Bus (2001)
Ghibli Museum Short; 水グモもんもん
Before the production of Princess Mononoke, a project titled Boro, the Caterpillar was considered for a feature release. The producer, Toshio Suzuki, noted that Miyazaki “is getting old” and a chance of doing an action film in the future would be none. So Suzuki pursued Miyazaki to initiate the Princess Mononoke project. A few years later, a story of a small creature living in a vast world still lingered in Miyazaki’s imagination. Thus, he written and directed a fifteen-minute short titled Mizugumo Monmon (Water Spider Monmon); a diving bell spider who fell in love with a water strider.
you fell in love with your own sadness
Revealed today via IGN, the U.S. theatrical poster.
I don’t know about this poster. It makes him look like a FAUN more than a devil