If you print him out, Totoro can actually be your neighbor.
One of my favorite things to do when I need ideas is to scroll through great pieces of art that might inspire me to think of new worlds and adventures. The movies from Studio Ghibli all feel inspired by that kind of thinking.
They take us places we have never seen before and teach us lessons we thought we knew.
Films like When Marnie Was There, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, The Wind Rises, From Up on Poppy Hill, The Secret World of Arrietty, Ponyo, Tales from Earthsea, and Best Animated Feature Oscar-winner Spirited Away have inspired generations. And introduced people to anime who may not usually seek it out.
Now, Studio Ghibli is allowing you to spend more time in the worlds they created by releasing 400 still photos from these works. In a handwritten note from Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki, he asks that you “please use them freely within the scope of common sense.”
Sounds like something we can all agree on.
2020 has actually been a good year for Studio Ghibli. They released some free Zoom backgrounds released in April, movies from the studio’s catalog hit HBO Max, and 21 Ghibli films appeared on Netflix in regions outside the US, Canada, and Japan.
I'm excited to check out these free images. Click here to view the full collection.