Makiko Futaki, a veteran Studio Ghibli animator recently died at 57 years old.
Futaki worked on a lot of major Studio Ghibli films that we have come to watch and love, and we decided to come up with a list of Futaki’s movies that we believe you need to watch, whether you already have before or not:
5 Studio Ghibli Movies You Need to Add to Your Must-Watch Movies List
5. Howl’s Moving Castle
Howl’s Moving Castle was nominated for an Academy Award in 2006. It is a love story between Howl, a young wizard, and Sophie, a girl who lives in the body of an old woman because of a curse – a curse that she hopes to break. It’s almost like Beauty and the Beast, but not really.
4. Princess Mononoke
Princess Mononoke follows the warrior Ashitaka and an unforgettable battle between humans and forest gods.
3. My Neighbor Totoro
Who doesn’t love Totoro? I’m sure you always see Totoro merchandise lurking around in bazaars. Well, after watching this movie, you’ll definitely understand why.
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2. Kiki’s Delivery Service
I might be a little biased because this was the first Studio Ghibli film I ever watched, but you have to admit that the film is super cute and made you want to have your own flying delivery service.
1. Spirited Away
Spirited Away is well-known for a reason: it is AMAZING. It really is no surprise why it won an Academy Award in 2003 and is known as the most successful Japanese film so far. Basically, Chihiro goes into the spirit world and comes back to find her parents in the form of pigs. She then has to work for a witch to try and free her parents and go back from whence they came. It’s better than it sounds – trust me.
Are you a Studio Ghibli fan? Which film is your favorite? :)