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Welcome to the Ghibliotheque, the podcast that leafs through the library of films from the world’s greatest animation studio, Studio Ghibli.


Michael Leader (Little White Lies, Sight & Sound), an avowed Ghibli fanatic, is sitting down with Jake Cunningham (The Independent, BFI), who has never seen any of the Studio’s work before. Together they'll be looking at the history behind Ghibli's films (including Spirited Away, My Neighbour Totoro and Princess Mononoke), getting a critical perspective from Jake as a first-time viewer and forcing Michael to rank some of his favourite ever films.


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Ghibliotheque - A Podcast About Studio Ghibli Michael Leader, Jake Cunningham, Steph Watts & Harold McShiel

    • TV & Film
    • 4.3 • 11 Ratings

Welcome to the Ghibliotheque, the podcast that leafs through the library of films from the world’s greatest animation studio, Studio Ghibli.


Michael Leader (Little White Lies, Sight & Sound), an avowed Ghibli fanatic, is sitting down with Jake Cunningham (The Independent, BFI), who has never seen any of the Studio’s work before. Together they'll be looking at the history behind Ghibli's films (including Spirited Away, My Neighbour Totoro and Princess Mononoke), getting a critical perspective from Jake as a first-time viewer and forcing Michael to rank some of his favourite ever films.


Released on Fridays through November and December, subscribe now to get Ghibliotheque delivered straight to your feed.


Follow Michael and Jake on Twitter:
@MichaelJLeader – Michael
@jakehcunningham – Jake

    Mike Jones | Whispers From The Heart #5

    Mike Jones | Whispers From The Heart #5

    This special interview miniseries comes to a close with Pixar writing veteran Mike Jones (Soul, Luca), who talks with Michael and Jake about his experiences adapting the screenplays for The Wind Rises and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya for English-speaking audiences, as well as the similarities and differences in Studio Ghibli and Pixar's approaches to storytelling.


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    @MichaelJLeader – Michael
    @jakehcunningham – Jake
    @_stephwatts - Steph


    And get in touch via email at ghibli@littledotstudios.com


    Produced by Michael Leader, Jake Cunningham, Steph Watts & Harold McShiel.
     
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    • 57 min
    Rebecca Sugar | Whispers From The Heart #4

    Rebecca Sugar | Whispers From The Heart #4

    Our series of conversations with writers, animators and filmmakers about their relationship with Studio Ghibli continues with Rebecca Sugar, creator of the Cartoon Network series Steven Universe, talking with Steph and Jake about her lifelong love of anime, and how the work of Miyazaki and Takahata influenced her approach to animation.


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    @MichaelJLeader – Michael
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    @_stephwatts - Steph


    And get in touch via email at ghibli@littledotstudios.com


    Produced by Michael Leader, Jake Cunningham, Steph Watts & Harold McShiel.
     
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    • 53 min
    Steve Alpert | Whispers from the Heart #3

    Steve Alpert | Whispers from the Heart #3

    Steve Alpert, the one-time "resident foreigner" at Studio Ghibli and author of the memoir Sharing a House With the Never-Ending Man, joins Michael, Jake and Steph to talk about his 15-year tenure at the Studio, including working on the international distribution of Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away.


    Follow Ghibliotheque on Twitter:


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    @MichaelJLeader – Michael
    @jakehcunningham – Jake
    @_stephwatts - Steph


    And get in touch via email at ghibli@littledotstudios.com


    Produced by Michael Leader, Jake Cunningham, Steph Watts & Harold McShiel.
     
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    • 59 min
    Domee Shi | Whispers From The Heart #2

    Domee Shi | Whispers From The Heart #2

    In this new miniseries, Michael, Jake and Steph are joined by filmmakers, animators and writers to talk about their relationships with Studio Ghibli. This week, director Domee Shi talks with the gang about the influence Ghibli had on her as a young animator, and how the work of Isao Takahata informed her Oscar-winning Pixar short, Bao.


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    @MichaelJLeader – Michael
    @jakehcunningham – Jake
    @_stephwatts - Steph


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    Produced by Michael Leader, Jake Cunningham, Steph Watts & Harold McShiel.
     
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    • 45 min
    Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart | Whispers From the Heart #1

    Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart | Whispers From the Heart #1

    In this new miniseries, Michael, Jake and Steph are joined by filmmakers, animators and writers to talk about their relationships with Studio Ghibli and the enduring influence of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. To start, Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart join the gang to talk about their new film, WolfWalkers, and how the work of their studio, Cartoon Saloon (Song of the Sea, Secret of Kells, The Breadwinner), draws inspiration from Ghibli.


    Follow Ghibliotheque on Twitter:


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    @MichaelJLeader – Michael
    @jakehcunningham – Jake
    @_stephwatts - Steph


    And get in touch via email at ghibli@littledotstudios.com


    Produced by Michael Leader, Jake Cunningham, Steph Watts & Harold McShiel.
     
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    • 34 min
    Shakina Nayfack on Tokyo Godfathers | Ghibliotheque Interview Special

    Shakina Nayfack on Tokyo Godfathers | Ghibliotheque Interview Special

    In this special bonus episode, we talk to actress and activist Shakina Nayfack on providing the voice of Hana in the new English dub of Satoshi Kon's Tokyo Godfathers, produced by GKIDS.


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    @_stephwatts - Steph


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    And get in touch via email at ghibli@littledotstudios.com


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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Dohboy ,

Now Just a Minute

Studio Ghibli certainly deserves a great deal of credit for moving the animation genre forward with unsurpassed quality and story-telling acumen. However to call it, "the world's greatest animation studio", is ridiculous, even in subjective terms, and I suspect this Michael person knows it and is only saying it to be provocative. I won't even say which studio is the greatest because it's so blindingly obvious as to be unnecessary. Other than that, a good podcast and worth a listen. SG is amazing except for the fact their films are not available digitally which is a great shame - it's the only thing I can fault them for.

Neil Bruder ,

Wonderful Ghibli resource

Concise but wonderfully thoughtful and interesting discussions of all the Ghibili films. I must listen companion for any Ghibli fan.

TheJMan133 ,

A great companion to my Ghibli discovery

I am new to the Ghibli animation world and I wish I had discovered it much, much, much earlier. That said I am happy to be lead through these films by these two thoughtful and down to earth co hosts. Thank you for your work. I’ll listen to an episode after the movie for extra tidbits of history and overall understanding of the creator’s mind.

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