To tide its fans over until the release of ’Aya and the Witch’, Studio Ghibli has been very generous, offering free background images for our WFH Zoom meetings and hundreds of free movie stills which can be pieced together to create commemorative photo books.
Just last month, the studio already shared a whopping 400 images from its archive: 50 pictures each from eight critically acclaimed films including the Oscar-winning ‘Spirited Away’, ‘Ponyo’ and ‘Tales from Earthsea’. Now, Studio Ghibli just dropped another batch of stills, this time from six other iconic titles: ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’, ‘Princess Mononoke’, ‘The Cat Returns’, ‘Whisper of the Heart’, ‘Ghiblies Episode 2’ and ‘My Neighbors the Yamadas’.
Here are the films featured in this latest batch of free images.
Released in 2004, ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’ revolves around a young girl named Sophie, who is cursed by a witch and turned into an old lady. She seeks the help of a wizard named Howl on her journey of self-discovery and love.
The 2002 film ‘The Cat Returns’ is a spin-off of Ghibli’s 1995 film ‘Whisper of the Heart’. It follows the story of a high school girl who ends up saving the prince of the Cat Kingdom and coincidentally turning into a cat herself.
‘The Ghiblies Episode 2’ (2002) is the sequel to the 2000 film ‘Ghiblies’, which features animated characters based off Studio Ghibli employees. The animation is known for its stunning watercolour renditions.
The 2002 animated comedy ‘My Neighbors the Yamadas’ is another classic Ghibli hit. It tells the heartwarming story of the Yamada family. Unlike other Ghibli films, this one is unique in that it’s created to look like a stylised comic book strip.
Any die-hard Ghibli fan has probably watched ‘Princess Mononoke’ (1997) on multiple occasions. The cult film, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, is aesthetically pleasing as it is relevant to our times, and the magical creatures that you see in the film just add to the awe and wonder.
The coming-of-age anime ‘Whisper of the Heart’ (1995) is based on a manga of the same name. It follows a junior high school girl Shizuku who – while on the hunt for a certain boy – comes across a series of exciting characters and adventures.