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Studio Ghibli: a cinema of humanism
Studio Ghibli films are beloved for many reasons: the strange and fantastical creatures, the richly animated worlds, the oddball humour. However, it's the life-affirming, humanist sensibility of the films that is most essential to Ghibli's lovableness, the foundation from which all its other great cinematic qualities can sprout.

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Studio Ghibli's central pull

Studio Ghibli's central pull

Studio Ghibli films are beloved for it's life-affirming, humanist sensibility and is the foundation from which all its other great cinematic qualities flows.

The main attraction of the 'Ghib...

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Dealing with problems

Dealing with problems

Studio Ghibli films never hide the difficulties of life. Instead, the character battles with the hardships and the inner character struggles.

It is the characters' relationships to advers...

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Hayao Miyazaki

“Always believe in yourself. Do this and no matter where you are, you will have nothing to fear.”

Hayao Miyazaki

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Relationships

Relationships

Studio Ghibli films are united around the importance of relationships as an essential part of achieving great things.

Victories are rarely achieved alone, but trustworthy friends, compani...

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The thematic idea

The thematic idea

The thematic idea on which Studio Ghibli films are based - that humans are inherently good, autonomous, productive - is traceable from ancient Japanese history that encourages people to be modest, ...

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The target audience

It seems apparent Studio Ghibli was motivated to create humanist films to support and educate its young target audience.

The humanist principles are providing adolescents with more than a...

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