In 1996, Studio Ghibli published the first of several volumes chronicling each of their feature films. Titled, "Archives of Studio Ghibli," these excellent books contain production notes, posters, artwork, interviews and articles in the Japanese press. This is a terrific resource for collectors, historians, and Ghibli Freaks who want to know more about these great movies.
Ach, I sound like a telephone commercial. I ate too many tater tots tonight.
Anyway, here is what I wanted to share from "Archives Vol I" - an essay written by Toshio Suzuki in May, 1995, marking Ghibli's tenth anniversary. At this time, the studio was beginning to court the international market, and introduce their films outside Japan. Suzuki-san's essay, and the Archive books, are intended to introduce us to Studio Ghibli, its founders, artists, and history. When written, Princess Mononoke was in production, and its release would catapult the studio - and especially Hayao Miyazaki - into (domestic) blockbuster and (international) celebrity status. All of this makes this essay a highly valuable piece of history and a brilliant time capsule. Here is a portrait of Ghibli captured just before the moment of their most explosive success.
This is a terrific essay, and I hope you enjoy reading it. Feel free to share it far and wide across the internets. The first page lies below, and the next three pages appear below the fold: