Studio Ghibli has shared 400 still images from several of its most popular movies, including Miyazaki’s Spirited Away and Ponyo, with promises of more on the way. It’s the kind of art that can transport you to another world, another time, a place where covid-19 isn’t rampaging throughout the country. We’ve pulled out of a few of our favourites, which you can check out here.
Spirited Away — Chihiro’s Escape
The beauty and detail of Miyazaki’s landscapes are on full display in this early scene from Spirited Away, when Chihiro discovers the amusement park her family found is transforming into something else.
Spirited Away — Fooooooooood
Studio Ghibli films are so good at making me hungry.
Spirited Away — Going Home
Chihiro, having successfully saved her parents from Yubaba the witch, heads home as her new friends cheer her on.
Tales From Earthsea — Architecture
It takes a lot of work to animate a mosaic and have it look this good.
Tales From Earthsea — Good Lighting
This moment between Arren and Therru is impactful on its own, but the way the scene is lit makes it all the more fascinating. It really shows the simultaneous connection and divide between them.
Tales From Earthsea — Dragon Time Baby
Can’t have Tales From Earthsea without a cool-looking dragon.
The Secret World of Arrietty — Pastoral Perfection
I want to curl up on this porch, drink a cup of tea, and read a good book, possibly for the rest of time.
The Secret World of Arrietty — Small Scale
The Secret World of Arrietty isn’t as well-known as some of Studio Ghibli’s other films, but one thing it does perfectly is handling scale. You can tell how tiny Arrietty is compared to the world around her, based on this one image.
The Secret World of Arrietty — GAH!
Imagine being that small and having to look up giant noses all the time.
Ponyo — The Great Wide Ocean
I know there aren’t many people who love Ponyo as much as I do, but they’re all wrong because just look at this. Ponyo has one of the most gorgeous, vibrant oceans ever shown on screen, teeming with life.
Ponyo — Gimme Gimme Gimme
PONYO. WANTS. HAAAAAAAAAAAM.
Ponyo — Giant Woman
All I wanna do is see you turn into a giant woman, a giant woman.