Artoo02 -> RE: Studio Ghibli (21/12/2006 12:53:03 PM)
Literally all of Miyazaki's films. Cagliostro is of a slightly different style to Miyzaki's later films but still good.
Seeing as you've seen Spirited Away and Kiki's Delivery Service, I'd recommend you watch in this order (for a variety of reasons);
Howl's Moving Castle
Castle of Cagliostro
And then go for the other Studio Ghibli titles that appeal to you most. After Miyazaki's films, my personal order would be something like;
-Grave of the Fireflies - very sad but very good.
-Whisper of the Heart - not as fantastical as Miyazaki films but has a real charm and warmth to it.
The above films are probably the two I'd say are on arguably on a par in terms of quality, with Miyazaki's features. Then there's;
-Pom Poko - very Japanese, but great fun if you're open-minded about how films can be. An environmental message wrapped up in silliness.
-The Cat Returns - can feel slightly under-finished/too short/not as deep as most other Ghibli titles, but still has much to recommend it, especially visually - definitely see it after Whisper of the Heart, as otherwise you might not get the treatment they give one of the characters.
-My Neighbours the Yamadas - unlike anything else in the Ghibli collection, not very flashy and more a series of stories than one long narrative, but interesting if you're a fan of different animation styles and quite fun.
-The Little Norse Prince - feels a bit old compared to most of the other films mentioned, but good. Worth picking up if you see it cheap (unless you become a total Ghibli convert and simply have to have it!)
-Gauche the Cellist - frustrated cellist gets trained by animals. Amusing.
-Only Yesterday - Maybe rent first. more like a 'normal' film in animation.
-Ocean Waves - Maybe rent first, ditto.
I personally don't like My Neighbour Totoro as much as many here do, as it's very much for kids
Well, you could say that about all of Miyazaki's films if you wanted to, perhaps excepting Princess Mononoke. Totoro might seem more childish on the surface but it has a depth to it that is both thoughtful and touching. I feel sorry for anyone who would denigrate the film as being 'just for kids' (I know that isn't exactly what you said). Try watching Panda! Ko Panda! (actually great fun in a funny way) and see which is more for kids!! [:D]