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REPORTS OF DEATH OF STUDIO GHIBLI EXAGGERATED, SAYS PUBLICATION

August 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Contrary to numerous reports that appeared online over the weekend, Japan’s celebrated animation house Studio Ghibli is not shutting down. A report appearing in the Hollywood Reporter, for example, said that "Studio Ghibli may have made its last animated feature as it takes stock of its situation." In the past, the studio has been primarily known for its release of Hayao Miyazaki’s anime classics such as My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away, but Miyazaki, whose last film, The Wind Rise was a hit that earned $120 million, has announced his retirement last September, leading many to comment that the studio can not turn out successful fare without him. However, Britain’s Screen Daily noted today that the reports of the studio being shut down "were the result of poor translation" from a documentary broadcast in Japan Sunday night that included remarks by Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki. Suzki did saying that the studios will be instituting "big changes in all aspects of our operations" and may take a short break in production to evaluate its future, something that had been expected, said Screen Daily.