Awesome: Studio Ghibli

  • After the back-alley abortion of a Macekre that was Warriors of the Wind, Hayao Miyazaki spent the next few years refusing to allow his films to be licensed by anyone overseas. Eventually, he took another chance with overseas licensing, most prominently with Disney, but with a simple stipulation: NO edits, at all, full-stop. Harvey Weinstein, who had already earned infamy among animation fans for how he ruined Richard Williams's Magnum Opus The Thief and the Cobbler, thought he could bully and/or sweet-talk Miyazaki into letting him hack down Princess Mononoke so that the MPAA would give the movie a PG rating (instead of the PG-13 it has). In response, Studio Ghibli sent Weinstein an authentic katana, attached to which was a note saying "No Cuts!". A probably furious/humiliated Weinstein backed down.

    To this day, if you see a Ghibli movie whether in a theater or on video you can rest assured that not a single frame of animation has been cut or altered in any way from its Japanese version (except for translating the credits, but Ghibli doesn't count that, and neither should you).
  • Despite Miyazaki's well-known tendency towards being a technological Luddite he only allowed computers to be installed in the studio and used during production of Princess Mononoke because the film would have blown its scheduled release date if he hadn't many of the Ghibli staff were fascinated by the advances in computer animation being made in the United States, and the studio reached out to Pixar, resulting in a cultural exchange that would have a significant effect on the American studio's work, as well as a short documentary film, Welcome, Mister Lasseter. Ghibli also built a scale model of the Catbus from My Neighbor Totoro that now sits in Pixar's studio.

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