Studio Ghibli closes its doors?

My-Neighbor-Totoro-lscpAfter rumours suggesting that When Marnie Was There was likely to be the final film from  Studio Ghibli, general manager Toshio Suzuki has now reportedly confirmed that the famed Japanese animation studio will be “taking a break” as a production company and will instead focus on managing the trademarks of its impressive back-catalogue of anime movies.

Co-founded by Hayao Miyazaki (who retired from filmmaking last year) and Isao Takahata alongside Suzuki, Studio Ghibli has earned a reputation as the “Japanese Walt Disney”, releasing such classic anime films as Castle in the Sky, Grave of the Fireflies, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo and The Wind Rises.

When Marnie Was There was released in Japan last month, and has so far made around $3.5 million at the box office. Ghibli’s previous film The Tale of Princess Kaguya grossed around $48 million, which the studio considered to be a flop.

Around the Internet…

  • ryoga lohengramm

    Where’s the source of the announcement?

    • ron

      exactly!

  • Thadeus Buttons

    Oh look an unsourced rumor. Move along.

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  • http://drmccoy.de/ DrMcCoy

    So the “source” is a random tumblr with suspect images? Awesome.

    So I guess Orange is the New Black really is cancelled, too?

    • surakian

      The source is a Japanese blog (who are actually more reliable than you’d imagine), but there aren’t any “official” news reports if that is what you are looking for.

      • Flower Power

        Yes there are. see my post above

  • Andromedia

    Hopefully this isn’t true, as Goro is supposed to be directing Ponyo 2..

    • Kosse Moore

      no one has even announced a pony 2