Few films capture my imagination enough to watch them over and over again. The Studio Ghibli collection has changed all that. Over the last couple of years I’ve seen all of them officially released in the UK through Optima Releasing bar one, Princess Mononoke. My girls at three and six are avid fans. On holiday in Marseille earlier in the year we discovered a new addition to the series, the sixteenth, Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea.
It was hard to explain to Flo the eldest why it wasn’t available at home. Unfortunately we have to wait until February 2010 for it to be released at the cinemas and at present it looks like mid-summer 2010 for DVD release.
In the meantime, here’s a great list of ten classic animes to watch before you die.. worth checking out the hundreds of comments for lots more suggestions. My top three from Studio Ghibli are:
My Neighbour Totoro – great to watch with really young children
Nausicaa – the first and current favourite in our house
Pom Poko – the most wacko environmental story I’ve seen..
Bonus link – GhibliWiki for all things Ghibli.