Ghiblies (2000 IMDb)

Categorization

Loose, experimental comedy. Lots of CGI, a little metafiction about the character design, some live photos and film. 12 minutes long, very low budget. Made for a TV special about Ghibli.

Subject

Mostly anecdote-type jokes about people at the studio.

Commentary

The degree of correspondence with the truth is uncertain (I think I recognize a couple of people). Uses some music from Only Yesterday (1991).

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Sequel:

Ghiblies: Episode 2 (2002 IMDb)

Categorization

Vastly higher production values, less introverted, released theatrically alongside The Cat Returns (2002). About 25 minutes long. Directed by Momose Yoshiyuki.

Subject

A spicy karee challenge inexplicably using Ford/Marley's No Woman No Cry, an office anecdote with erotic elements (by Ghibli standards), a full repetition and expansion of Nonaka's love story, and a walk performed by the fish-like character who had ominously infiltrated the studio in the original, interspersed with dancing.

Commentary

The trailer “clarifies” that the Giburi reading identifies this alternate world. Some parts look top-notch, others are more like the original.

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