Since 1985, the Japanese animation studio Studio Ghibli is known for producing some of the most critically acclaimed, highest-quality animated films. Their output includes the films of Hayao Miyazaki, whose films like “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Spirited Away” have entered the cultural consciousness, as well as work by director Isao Takahta, whose most recent film “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” was recently nominated for an Oscar. Studio Ghibli’s dedicated approach towards their craft promises the best in animation, but one element of their films that goes largely unnoticed are their scores.
In 2009, Joe Hisaishi, composer of a majority of Ghibli films, held a concert to celebrate the release of Miyazaki’s “Ponyo” and the 25 years of collaboration between the two ever since 1984’s “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind,” whose success led to the creation of Ghibli. The two-hour long concert was uploaded to YouTube a few years later and resurfaced on Reddit this past week.
The studio announced a pause in production following Miyazaki’s retirement back in 2014 and hasn’t made an in-house feature film since. They did, however, have a hand in producing the upcoming, acclaimed film “The Red Turtle.” We’ll know soon enough if Ghibli will make a big return, but until then, this video serves as a reminder that they are not forgotten. Check it out below.