- Sunday, 18 May 2014 -
Studio Ghibli Vs. Disney
Hello my lovelies! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend soaking up some glorious rays! Today's post is a bit of a weird one as I ponder the rivalry between two renowned animation companies, dominating both eastern and western culture: Disney and Studio Ghibli.
I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that Disney was an integral part of my childhood, with the ocean of merchandise available and annoyingly addictive songs, it's immensely difficult to avoid the phenomenon. I grew up whistling while I work and actively practising the concept of hakuna matata, Disney films were truly the greatest form of escapism, leaving you all fuzzy and warm inside with a greater perception of humankind. As an only child, I completely immersed myself in Disney culture, religiously watching the films, plaguing my mum to bring me to the Disney store - it was a good life. To this day I enjoy the odd Disney marathon, chuckling at the simple humour, still enchanted by the rainbow of colours and characters.
Recently though, I succumbed to the cult surrounding two Disney films in particular: Tangled and Frozen. But this cult wasn't construed by the younger generation, oh no, it was people MY age who were fangirling over the films releases - and I'm inclined to agree with them! Over the past few years I've seen a steady decline in the popularity and success of Disney films (I think it all started with that atrocity Brother Bear...), but my faith in humanity has been restored once again by the loveable characters and witty storylines.
But enough about Disney, if it's artistic brilliance and character substance you want, then look no further than Studio Ghibli. I'll admit, I didn't get into Studio Ghibli until a few years ago when I caught sight of teenager sporting a huge grey backpack that looked sorta like a Pokemon. Curious by this cute yet foreign creature I went up to her and asked her what that character was, her simply answering "Totoro." And as they say my friends, the rest is history. Watching a Studio Ghibli film is like watching a beautiful painting or work of art in motion and what major difference I've found between their characters and the characters of Disney is that they showcase more of a personality. Disney usually classically portray a character as either good or evil whereas I've found that you actually get to know the individuals in a Studio Ghibli feature, you witness their joy and their plights. Therefore, I'd conclude that nostalgically, Disney feeds my inner child, whereas films like Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle may actually be more adult appropriate; having a bit more substance to them.
What Disney or Studio Ghibli films are your favourite?