Studio Ghibli is one of the most famous and well-known animation studios there. Often cited as Disney’s reaction to Japan, this 35-year-old studio introduced the magic of animation to crowds and produced some of the highest-grossing films Japan has ever released.
The most amazing thing about Ghibli is how diverse it is. This studio provides us with unforgettable classic fairy tales for children, complex and mature fantasy epics, and tragic and beautiful dramas in a relatively short time. It is no wonder, then, that we see how influential the work initiated by longtime friends and associates of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata is in the industry. Everyone from Guillermo del Toro to Wes Anderson to the animators on Cartoon Saloon have been influenced by Studio Ghibli’s work.
This made ranking 23 feature films an almost impossible task, as the bizarre film about a young witch from a World War II airplane designer drama differs from a film about the displacement of a washing dog struggling with urbanization. Studio Ghibli’s work in particular romanticizes the ordinary very well. As every studio or other director focuses on feeling like leaving home and living the extraordinary life, Ghibli’s films also realize that there is magic in everyday life.
In short, most Ghibli films are worth their time, but everyone likes to organize things. That’s why we’re going to try to rank Studio Ghibli films entirely objective, definite and universal. Before we begin, however, it should be noted that I counted Nausicaä from the Valley of the Winds as this is the film that led directly to the making of Studio Ghibli and brought most of its creative team to Ghibli soon after.