Studio Ghibli ("[[NoPronunciationGuide jeeblee]]")[[note]]sort-of named after the Caproni Ca.309 ''Ghibli'' fighter[[/note]] was founded in the 1980s by celebrated Japanese {{anime}} directors Creator/HayaoMiyazaki and Creator/IsaoTakahata in the wake of Miyazaki's overwhelming success with ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind''. Studio Ghibli is known for its incredibly rich and detailed animation, exacting attention to detail, CrowningMusicOfAwesome, and imaginative plots (frequently involving flying scenes, a personal favourite of Miyazaki's).

The Studio announced the hiatus of the animation department on August 3rd, 2014. They're taking a break from featured animation films while they undergo some restructuring and thinking about where to take the company into the future.

Ghibli has been rated as the top brand in Japan, and is a household name even among non-{{otaku}}. New Ghibli films are consistently the top grossers for the year in Japanese theaters, and some films such as ''Anime/SpiritedAway'' and ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'' have gained a mainstream following in North America (in part thanks to a distribution deal with Creator/{{Disney}}). The studio tends to focus on films rather than television series, but it is frequently the "[[GatewaySeries gateway drug]]" for new {{anime}} fans. Ghibli is also like Disney in that Ghibli maintains their animation staff as full-time employees instead of the typical Japanese practice of employing freelance artists paid on a piecework basis, and Miyazaki has stated that this was intended to improve his animators' standard of living as much as the quality and consistency of their work.

Miyazaki has said that he chose the name of a WorldWarII Italian fighter for his studio based on his love of aviation and Italy (vis. ''Anime/PorcoRosso''). Unfortunately the wrong characters were chosen to represent "Ghibli" in Japanese based on a mispronunciation (the word is actually pronounced "ghee-blee" in Italian) but Miyazaki didn't discover this until after he'd already named the studio. He has since pronounced himself satisfied with the "jiblee" pronunciation even though it's technically wrong.

Several Maserati automobiles and at least one modern fighter plane have also been named Ghibli, which means "hot wind off the desert". This is actually a Libyan word -- the Italian equivalent is "Scirocco" -- and it refers to a particular wind that sweeps across the Sahara.

Trope namer for GhibliHills. Has absolutely nothing to do with the [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner jibblies]].

To date, StudioGhibli has produced the following movies:

* ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'', directed by Creator/HayaoMiyazaki (1984) (Technically, Studio Ghibli didn't exist yet when this one was made. However, the team behind it formed the studio, and it was included in Ghibli and Creator/{{Disney}}'s dubbing deal.[[note]]The deal was originally with Tokuma Shoten, the manga publisher that formerly owned Studio Ghibli and produced the film.[[/note]])
* ''Anime/CastleInTheSky'', directed by Hayao Miyazaki (1986)
* ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'', directed by Hayao Miyazaki (1988)
* ''Anime/GraveOfTheFireflies'', directed by IsaoTakahata (1988)
* ''Anime/KikisDeliveryService'', directed by Hayao Miyazaki (1989)
* ''Anime/OnlyYesterday'', directed by Isao Takahata (1991)
* ''Anime/PorcoRosso'', directed by Hayao Miyazaki (1992)
* ''Anime/OceanWaves'', directed by Tomomi Mochizuki (1993) (TV movie, a.k.a. ''I Can Hear the Sea'')
* ''Anime/PomPoko'', directed by Isao Takahata (1994)
* ''Anime/WhisperOfTheHeart'', directed by Yoshifumi Kondo (1995)
* ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'', directed by Hayao Miyazaki (1997)
* ''Anime/MyNeighborsTheYamadas'', directed by Isao Takahata (1999)
* ''Anime/SpiritedAway'', directed by Hayao Miyazaki (2001)
* ''Anime/TheCatReturns'', directed by Hiroyuki Morita (2002)
* ''[[Anime/HowlsMovingCastle Howl's Moving Castle]]'', directed by Hayao Miyazaki (2004)
* ''Anime/TalesFromEarthsea'', directed by Goro Miyazaki (2006)
* ''Anime/PonyoOnTheCliffByTheSea'', directed by Hayao Miyazaki (2008)
* ''Anime/{{Arrietty}}'', known in North America as ''The Secret World of Arrietty'' and based on ''Literature/TheBorrowers'', directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (2010)
* ''Anime/FromUpOnPoppyHill'', directed by Goro Miyazaki (2011) (a.k.a. ''Kokuriko-zaka kara'')
* ''Anime/TheWindRises'' (2013) directed by Hayao Miyazaki, based on a manga he did during the 2000s about the creator of a Japanese fighter plane during WWII
* ''Anime/TheTaleOfPrincessKaguya'', directed by Isao Takahata (2013) (a.k.a. ''The Legend of the Bamboo Cutter'')
* ''Anime/WhenMarnieWasThere'', directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (July 2014) (a.k.a. "Memories of Marnie")

As do many other Asian studios, they have also worked on the following productions as a support studio through their C unit (Creator/HayaoMiyazaki runs the A unit and Isao Takahata runs the B unit; their C unit is random):

* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' (Backgrounds)
* ''Anime/BeastWarsII'' (Finish Animation)
* ''[[Manga/BirdyTheMighty Birdy the Mighty: Decode]]'' (In-Between Animation)
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' (Art Boards, episode 24)
* ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis Tokyo 2040'' (Finish Animation)
* ''[[Anime/LeChevalierDEon Le Chevalier d'Eon]]'' (In-Between Animation & Digital Paint)
* ''Manga/CorpsePrincess'' (In-Between Animation)
* Both ''Manga/CardCaptorSakura'' movies (Special Effects)
* ''Manga/CrayonShinChan'' (In-Between Animation)
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan: The Fourteenth Target'' (In-Between Animation)
* ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'' (Animation for the {{OVA}}s)
* ''Anime/ElementalGelade'' (Background Art)
* ''Manga/FlameOfRecca '' (Background Art)
* ''[[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood]]'' (In-Between Animation)
* ''Anime/GhostInTheShell 2: Innocence'' (In-Between Animation)
* ''Manga/GunsmithCats'' (In-Between Animation and Photography for episodes one and two)
* ''Anime/IGPXImmortalGrandPrix'' (In-Between Animation)
* ''{{Manga/Kochikame}}'' (In-Between Animation, series and the first movie)
* ''Anime/LupinIII'' - While some of the people who would later build Ghibli ''were'' involved with some of the early entries (Most notably Miyazaki and Takahata). The company itself provided Animation Cooperation for one of the movies - ''Anime/FarewellToNostradamus''.
* ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'' (Finish Animation)
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' (In-Between Animation)
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' (Animation Assistance for episode eleven; Co-producers)
** ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' (In-Between Animation and Production Cooperation for ''You Can (Not) Redo'')
* ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries The New Batman Adventures]]'' (Key & In-Between Animation for [[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE8GrowingPains "Growing Pains"]] though Atsuko Otani, Mariko Matsuo, Takeshi Inamura, Mariko Suzuki, Tamami Yamada, Masaya Saito and Eiji Yamamori)
* ''Anime/OtakuNoVideo'' (In-Between Animation)
* ''Anime/OvermanKingGainer'' (In-Between Animation)
* ''Anime/{{Raideen}}'' (In-Between Animation & Digital Paint, 2007 series)
* ''Anime/RobotCarnival'' (Production Cooperation)
* ''Anime/SCryed'' (In-Between Animation)
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'' (Finish Animation)
* ''Anime/SandsOfDestruction'' (In-Between Animation)
* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' (Key & In-Between Animation for "World's Finest, part 2" through Atsuko Otani, Masako Shinohara, Eiji Yamamori, Takeshi Inamura, Shinsaku Sasaki, Ikuo Kuwana, Mariko Suzuki, Hana Kikuchi, Tamami Yamada, Akiko Teshima and Atsushi Tamura)
* ''Anime/SummerWars'' (Key Animation through Hideaki Yoshio)
* ''Anime/TekkonKinkreet'' (Background Art)
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' (In-Between & Finish Animation)
* ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' (Key & In-Between Animation)
* ''Anime/XamdLostMemories'' (In-Between Animation; Photography)
* ''Anime/XxxHOLiC'' (In-Between Animation)
* ''Manga/YoureUnderArrest'' (Cel Painting for the first season, In-Between Animation for the second season)
* ''[[Anime/RedPhotonZillion Zillion]]'' (Finish Animation)

A ''game'' produced cooperatively by Studio Ghibli and Level 5 was released in 2010 with the title of ''NiNoKuni''. Before that, they provided the character designs and artwork for the [=PS2=] monster battler ''MagicPengel'', and allegedly also helped with the art for ''VideoGame/JeanneDArc''.

Has its own [[http://atlasobscura.com/places/ghibli-museum museum]] that shows exclusive short films. The short that evolved into ''{{Ponyo}}'' was first shown here.

Also distributes Western animated films in Japan such as the works of Michel Ocelot, Sylvan Chomet, and Aardman under the Ghibli Museum Library label.

In recent years there has been some concern on the part of Studio Ghibli management over their ongoing lack of a new generation of directors capable of taking over for founding directors Miyazaki and Takahata. Yoshifumi Kondo died prematurely shortly after directing ''Whisper of the Heart'' and Goro Miyazaki's directorial debut ''Tales of Earthsea'' received mixed reviews and was not considered a success. Producer Toshio Suzuki's decision to tap the younger Miyazaki to direct ''Earthsea'' caused a rift between the two Miyazakis, as Hayao believed that Goro was not ready to direct a film, a belief that the film's subsequent performance appeared to confirm. However, the elder Miyazaki's opinion of the finished film, "It was made honestly, so it was good" did much to repair their relationship, as Japanese culture considers sincerity more praiseworthy than success.

Miyazaki appeared to have chosen ''Borrowers'' director Yonebayashi as his successor. According to interviews with Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli would be shut down if ''Borrowers'' did not do well enough at the box office to allow Ghibli to secure financial backing for another film. ''Borrowers'' did relatively well (over 80 percent of ''Ponyo'''s receipts), enough to to ensure backing for their next film, Goro Miyazaki's ''From Up On Poppy Hill'', Japan's top-grossing film in 2011 and winner of the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year. The critical and commercial success of the younger Miyazaki's second film appears to have secured him a place as one of his father's successors as well as the future of the studio.

Losses on ''Kaguya'' and lack of profit on ''Marnie'', however, have put the studio's future in question. Goro directed ''RonjaTheRobbersDaughter'' as a TV co-production with Polygon Pictures, but no movies are currently in production at Ghibli and Yonabayashi has left the studio.