Studio Ghibli: Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986)

Coco Hits New York


Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind was a success. I can’t find statistics that tell me how big of a success it was financially, but critically speaking, it got pretty amazing reviews. Also, its home video release and subsequent status as a seminal and beloved film in Japanese animation history must’ve returned the investment. Fresh of the praises he received for adapting his own manga, director Hayao Miyazaki teamed up with producer Toshio Suzuki (who worked on Nausicaä) so they could found their own animation studio. Also invited to be part of the new studio, Miyazaki’s producer, Isao Takahata, of whom we’ll be talking about later in this series. Anyway, these three men met, and that’s how Studio Ghibli was born.

That, of course, isn’t the whole story. The significant thing about Ghibli, and one of the reasons it would become the best animation studio in the world, besides…

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