World-revered Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli has recently made hundreds of high-resolution images from its various films available to download. Going forward, the studio will be posting new monthly selections for people to peruse; the starting lineup features eight movies, mainly newer ones (none came out before the turn of the century). Each film page respectfully requests that people “use the images within the bounds of common sense.”
The above image from Spirited Away is now my laptop wallpaper. There are 400 additional frames to pick from, like this striking dream image from The Wind Rises, Miyazaki’s wistful meditation on the costs of artistic fervor and the dangers of nationalism:
Or this indelible moment from Isao Takahata’s masterpiece The Tale of the Princess Kaguya:
Miyazaki’s Ponyo was explicitly made to appeal mainly to small children, which goes to show that even at their lightest, the studio can turn out stunning work like this:
Lower-key, lesser-regarded Ghibli films are nonetheless still filled with heartbreaking craft, such as When Marnie Was There:
After pausing all production for several years, Ghibli is now at work on its next film, How Do You Live?, with Miyazaki again directing. The animation is progressing at an agonizingly slow pace, but whenever it’s finished, there’s no doubt that it will be similarly beautiful.
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Author: Dan Schindel