Studio Ghibli considerando dejar de hacer anime


Miyazaki lo vio venir. Sus dos ultimos lanzamientos no recaudaron mucho dinero y el hecho de que se "jubila" este mismo año no ayudo mucho. En cualquier caso me parece loable considerar cerrar sus puertas con dignidad en vez de milkiar su nombre hasta quedar en bancarrota.

adly, early reports that one of the world's most beloved animation studios, Hayao Miyazaki's legendary Studio Ghibli, might shut its doors and stop making films, are true. A news report translation of Studio Ghibli general manager and Toshio Suzuki's TV announcement of the closure has been posted on the Studio Ghibli blog. Suzuki says the Studio Ghibli animation production department will be dismantled. (TOH! ranked the Top Ten Studio Ghibli films here.)

Ghibli's newest film, "When Marnie Was There," opened in Japan on July 19. Whispers of the studio's closing have circulated since last year, when powerhouse writer-director Miyazaki (of "Princess Mononoke" and "Spirited Away" fame) announced he was retiring and Ghibli producer/co-founder Suzuki stepped down from producing and became the studio's general manager instead.

So Studio Ghibli will now focus on not making new films but rather on managing its copyrights and trademarks and generating revenue from its library of previous creations. In 2010, Miyazaki acknowledged that there was a potential future for the studio in such a form, telling Cut Magazine, "Ghibli should be able to continue with about five staff members as a copyright management company even if we smash the studio. So, Ghibli can say 'We stop film production. Goodbye.' I do not have to be there."

According to the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun, Ghibli has declined to follow other animation studios in sending jobs overseas, and thus their films have become increasingly expensive to make. According to the paper, Miyazaki's last film, 2013's "The Wind Rises" has yet to turn a profit, even though it has made over $90 million. Ghibli's most recent film, "The Tale of Princess Kaguya," made $50 million, and was considered a flop by the studio, according to Asahi and New Cafe: "There's no choice but to dissolve the studio, because it's unable cross the high hurdle of announcing a new film on an annual basis."

"When Marnie Was There," a ghost tale adapted from the book by Joan Robinson, got its first trailer earlier this month--it opened in Japan on July 19--and it promises the lush, thoughtful artistry of all Ghibli films. It looks to be the last.


Este es probablemente un buen momento para ver el documental sobre Ghibli "The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness" lanzado en 2013.

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