Uncompromising, unique and mesmerising' are the words used to describe the work of the animation powerhouse, Studio Ghibli. The Japanese Animation studio will turn thirty next year, and to celebrate its long success, the BFI Southbank is holding a festival season in its honour.
As popular as the Disney Studio is in America, the head of house, Hayao Miyazaki, is proud to retain one subtle, but significant difference. Unlike Disney, which is very commercial, Ghibli stay clear of spin-off merchandise such as video games, and have not fallen into the temptation of 3D and CGI. Instead, they continue to create artistically beautiful, 2D hand drawn films. Some of the studio's most popular animations, such as Spirited Away, and Ponyo will be screened as part of the festival, which runs until the 31st May. Both of these are based on popular children's stories, The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland for the former, and The Little Mermaid for the latter.
Other films being screened include Ocean Waves, Only Yesterday, Porco Rosso, My Neighbour Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Pom Poko, and The Wind Rises, which is Miyazaki's last film before stepping down as head director.