“Ghiblies” (2000) IMDb

Creators

Suzuki Toshio (producer).

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

Creators

Momose Yoshiyuki (director), Suzuki Toshio (producer).

Categorization

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

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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