Reviews of “Ghiblies” (2000) and related work
- Sequel: “Ghiblies: Episode 2” (2002)
Suzuki Toshio (producer).
Mostly anecdote-type jokes about people at the studio.
A comedy loosely based on studio employees. Lots of CGI experiments, a little metafiction about the character design, some live photos and film. Some of the music is from Only Yesterday (1991). 12 minutes long, very low budget. Made for a TV special about Ghibli.
‣ “Ghiblies: Episode 2” (2002)
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.
Vastly higher production values, less introverted, released theatrically alongside The Cat Returns (2002). About 25 minutes long. The trailer “clarifies” that the Giburi reading identifies this alternate world. Some parts look top notch, others are more like the original.