As soon as I opened my PC about an hour ago or so, I came across a news article from CNet.com that kind of made me sad knowing that Studio Ghibli, one of Japan’s leading animation house, has announced that they’ll be ceasing production of feature films after 29 years in the industry.
Studio Ghibli gave to the world some of the best animated feature films since their debut in 1986 with ‘Castle in the Sky‘ which was then followed with a slew of other anime classics. With Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata at the helm, they mostly wrote and directed some of the highest-grossing feature films, including the critically acclaimed Miyazaki masterpiece ‘Spirited Away‘ in 2001. Now both retired, the studio can no longer afford to pay its staff and has decided to cut down on expenses and streamline the framework of the studio to managing trademarks and maintaining the Ghibli Museum and at the same time working freelance on other outside projects.
As a fan of Ghibli, it is somewhat a relief to know that they are not totally closing down for good but realizing that they have made that decision to discontinue working on animated films that became synonymous to quality and craftsmanship, is just literally heartbreaking. You can read the rest of the news article by clicking on this link.