Studio Ghibli Alert - Film 4

(39 Posts)
TensionWheelsCoolHeels Thu 19-Dec-13 00:55:40

My Neighbour Totoro is on film 4 this Sunday, Howls Moving Castle is on on Monday and Spirited Away is on on Wednesday. There might be others but that's all my planner lets me see.

I had no idea that this was a feminist issue wink

NatashaBee Thu 19-Dec-13 02:28:13

How does this relate to feminism?

CaptChaosGlitteryBaubles Thu 19-Dec-13 04:00:50

Anyone who had every seen a ghibli film would know why it was a feminist issue (or feminist chat anyway)

They are also regularly mentioned in "what can i watch with my daughter that won't let her be ruined by the patriarchy?" threads.

HowlingTrap Thu 19-Dec-13 08:40:41

The last Anime film I saw was Grave of Fireflies , certainly not a feminist film the mother has her skin blasted off by a bomb and dies, the Aunt is evil and expects orphaned children to 'contribute' to get food and then the little girl dies, the only female message in there seems to be nice women die horribly , evil women live in relative comfort.

TensionWheelsCoolHeels Thu 19-Dec-13 08:50:11

What Please said. The 3 films that are on are often quoted in the 'what can my DD watch' type of threads posted in this section. Sorry I wasn't clear. smile

Howling, grave of the fireflies is a really sad film isn't it. I sobbed for a good while after.
Yy Ghibli films are brilliant.

southeastastra Thu 19-Dec-13 09:02:20

good, hope they show kiki's delivery service which is v sweet. my ds (12) loves the cat returns so it appeals to boys too wink

i know what you sort of mean by putting it in feminism but i think lots of parents hate the sugary shite hollywood put out for all kids.

Ghibli has been bought out by Disney recently, so unfortunately any of the newer stuff might be sugary Hollywood shite.

rumbelina Thu 19-Dec-13 09:09:05

They did a run of them a few weeks (months?) ago as well, we've got loads stored on the video box. DS loves watching them with us but OH the questions....

rumbelina Thu 19-Dec-13 09:12:33

Arya - I once watched Spirited Away with the directly-translated subtitles and the American dubbing, to compare, and boy oh boy are some bits disneyfied. I can't remember specific examples as it was a while ago but particularly right at the end I remember shouting at the TV. Much prefer to watch them subtitled but can't if DS is watching.

Ubik1 Thu 19-Dec-13 09:15:35

Sometimes it can just be a bit of fun, you know

southeastastra Thu 19-Dec-13 09:16:11

oh no, disney are taking over the world sad

Oh that's interesting to hear rumblina, I will have to try that.

Fluffytent Thu 19-Dec-13 09:17:41

Brilliant! Thank you!

Totoro is biiiiiig in feminism! Go totoro!

AskBasilAboutCranberrySauce Thu 19-Dec-13 09:22:04

Thanks for putting it in the FWR section, I'd have missed it if it were in the main active threads page.


Shockers Thu 19-Dec-13 09:24:10

The friend who first introduced me to Ghibli (who has a little theatre that sometimes shows the films smile) told me that a lot of the landscapes are inspired by the Welsh countryside.

I have a few of them in my collection now, they have helped enormously in mine and DD's bonding process (she is adopted). We both really enjoy them, so they have become 'our' thing for wet weekend afternoons under a duvet.

benid Thu 19-Dec-13 09:50:21

thankyou smile I've been meaning to look out for these

rumbelina Thu 19-Dec-13 10:10:38

Ubik1 was that to me??

IHeardMummyDissingParcelforce Thu 19-Dec-13 10:28:24

Disney have bought up Ghibli? shocksad

These are some of the best films there are.

How dare they? How could they sell out like that, too?

scallopsrgreat Thu 19-Dec-13 12:06:26

Ooh thanks for this Tension. Funny as soon as I saw the title I knew exactly why it had been put in this section smile

thisismyYuleTimenickname Thu 19-Dec-13 12:19:09

My Neighbour Totoro is a lovely movie. Please watch it everyone - with your children or even without! "Ponyo" is great too.

I think Studio Ghibli can be hit and miss but Miyazaki definitely makes sure to portray girls and women as active doers, not cute sidekicks.

Grave of the fireflies is a movie about the horrors of war and will of course show death and bad behaviour. It's absolutely not for children.

I remember reading Grave of the Fireflys and My Neigbor Totoro were released as a double feature in Japan... Can you imagine children watching the two of them together! ? shock

TerrariaMum Thu 19-Dec-13 17:24:29

Really?!! Goodness! I suppose they thought that after the tragedy of Fireflies, people might need something light straight after?

Stropzilla Thu 19-Dec-13 17:30:02

My girls LOVE totoro so thanks for posting! Dd1 who is 5 has a plushie catbus for Christmas, and dd2 who is 2 has a totoro backpack so I hope they enjoy these as much.

ChunkyPickle Thu 19-Dec-13 23:08:24

I'd barely watched them before, but recently DP put Howl's moving Castle on for DS and I have to say I didn't find it a huge step forward for feminism..

Sure, the main character was female, but the whole plot revolved around her finally being rescued by the prince because she was such a kind person with a bit of sexual harassment she should be grateful for thrown in at the beginning (OK, the fact that she became invisible once she was old was a feminist point I suppose). In the meantime she ingratiated herself by doing the housework and tidying up (simplified the plot a bit, but that's basically it) for the poor blokes in the flying castle.

fuzzpig Thu 19-Dec-13 23:14:01

We loooove Ghibli smile

In fact while we've generally moved away from character branded stuff this year, DD is getting a cuddly Totoro this Xmas! And I am thinking of getting myself this with the last of my birthday money grin

Friday night is movie night at our house, and the other week I found a cheap copy of Panda Go Panda (which I think is not ghibli, but is by Miyazaki who was behind Totoro/Kiki etc, I may be wrong though) so we will be watching that for the first time tomorrow smile

exexpat Thu 19-Dec-13 23:21:06

I think the Disney buying Ghibli story was an April fool - it went round twitter, but the source just seems to be this blog post on April 1st.

Disney has distribution rights to some Ghibli films and does the dubbing into English etc, but I haven't heard anything from a reliable source about them actually buying into Ghibli or affecting the creative process (thank goodness).

HowlingTrap Fri 20-Dec-13 00:35:27

I know I didnt know how harrowing it was going to be I was expecting a the railway children type affair when I read WWII grin

TerrariaMum Fri 20-Dec-13 12:32:29

ChunkyPickle, try the book of Howl's Moving Castle. It is v. different from the film and much better. In fact, Miyazaki has since admitted that he got the adaptation wrong. Sophie is not so passive at all.

blush thanks for clearing that up exexpat, glad to hear it it was an April fool.

southeastastra Sun 22-Dec-13 11:50:59

totoro is on now

carolinecordery Fri 27-Dec-13 01:21:55

I just wish they wouldn't have the wind keep blowing up the little girls' tiny short skirts in these films and lingering on their little exposed panties. Thinking of Kiki mainly as I saw that one most recently.

Poppyinafield Fri 27-Dec-13 01:40:38

Spirited away is an amazing piece of artwork and intriguing story. I did not not know that Disney had acquired their studio. This does not bode well at all. From a feminist perspective I would presume that films generally are a no go area or do you have an approved list ? In a brief ninety minutes of film there have to be an awful lot of presumptions to set the characters , scene and get the plot going. Most films are of their time. Have a look at the silent world by jacque cousteau for instance to witness how much the field of conservation has moved on ever so slightly.

exexpat Fri 27-Dec-13 15:54:49

Poppy - Disney haven't bought Ghibli - see my post five before yours.

Rooners Fri 27-Dec-13 16:02:20

first one we had was Totoro in Spanish. Our friend sent it to us in VHS many years ago when ds1 was little. It was epic - even though we couldn't understand the words. It didn't matter.

To-TOR-ro is how I think of it in my mind - Toe-to-ro sounds weird! smile

Ds2 used to call it Toadroll. We have a lot of them in English now...Howl is my favourite.

CaptChaosGlitteryBaubles Sat 28-Dec-13 13:58:40

My Neighbour Totoro is on an Amazon lightning deal right now, should anyone be interested.

Looks like my DNieces will be getting a little something extra!

Rooners Sat 28-Dec-13 15:00:07

I want to buy it in Spanish again. Mi Vecino Totoro. smile

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