Ever since I was a child, I always loved the movies by Ghibli — growing up watching Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away, and Princess Mononoke, I admired the art style and characters of each film. As I grew older and learned that each scene was separately drawn to create a seamless movement of the action unfolding on the screen, I was both amazed and appalled at the amount of dedication and work that was needed to bring each film to life, each scene to life. Upon realizing how the films were made, I began to wonder how long it would take someone if they were to animate the whole movie by themselves. After project 2, I’ve come to an answer: a lifetime. Just editing the 1.5 minute clip of my project took me well over 15 hours to find the right objects and edit each movement and insert distinct sounds, even when my film wasn’t hand-drawn. I’ve come to gain new found respect for hand-drawn animators, and seeing some of the hand-drawn components from my peers was also an amazing experience.
Ghibli’s distinct style carries onto each succeeding film, and the flawless work produced by the creators of each scene of every movie have given birth to an artpiece that required more than just the blood, sweat, and tears of the production team.