In the new year, could Disney please, kindly, sorta, maybe, finally release Omohide Poro Poro and Umi ga Kikoeru in North America? It's been how long by now? Heck, give those movies to Criterion if you're afraid of a backlash from the fundamentalist set.
I've said it a thousand times, and I'll probably say it a tousand times more, but Isao Takahata's Omohide Poro Poro is the greatest animation film ever created. It is poetry painted in watercolors. And you won't get your Ghibli Freak merit badge until you've watched it twice.
And Umi ga Kikoeru/I Can Hear the Sea remains criminally underrated. The fact that it was the work of the studio's younger staff shouldn't deter you. There is far more to Studio Ghibli than Miyazaki, and sooner or later, everybody is going to have to realize that.