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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
    • 4.4 • 13 Ratings

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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.
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

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    Wolf Children | Hosodathon #3

    Wolf Children | Hosodathon #3

    In this third episode of our Hosodathon miniseries, Michael, Jake and Steph discuss Mamoru Hosoda's Wolf Children, the first feature produced by his independent production company Studio Chizu.
    Once again mixing personal themes and high-concept storytelling, Hosoda turns his awestruck feelings upon seeing his friends become parents into a sweeping fable about a single mother tasked with bringing up a pair of half-human, half-wolf kids.
    Get in touch with Ghibliotheque at ghibli@littledotstudios.com or follow us on Twitter:
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    @MichaelJLeader – Michael
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    @_stephwatts - Steph
    Produced by Michael Leader, Jake Cunningham, Harold McShiel and Steph Watts. Edited by James Payne. Music by Anthony Ing.

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    • 42 min
    Summer Wars | Hosodathon #2

    Summer Wars | Hosodathon #2

    In this second episode of our Hosodathon miniseries, Michael, Jake and Steph team up to tackle Mamoru Hosoda's Summer Wars, an epic tale of an everyday, dysfunctional family banding together to face a world-threatening threat in a virtual world - bringing together two of the director's recurring themes: family dynamics and the impact that the internet has on our lives.
    Get in touch with Ghibliotheque at ghibli@littledotstudios.com or follow us on Twitter:
    @ghibliotheque
    @MichaelJLeader – Michael
    @jakehcunningham – Jake
    @_stephwatts - Steph
    Produced by Michael Leader, Jake Cunningham, Harold McShiel and Steph Watts. Edited by James Payne. Music by Anthony Ing.

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    • 45 min
    New Year New Hype | The Library Café #15

    New Year New Hype | The Library Café #15

    In the first Library Café episode of 2022, Jake, Michael and Steph reveal what they're most hyped to be watching (and playing) this year.

    Welcome to the Ghibliotheque Library Cafe!

    Thank you for becoming a paid subscriber to Ghibliotheque. You have access to all of Ghibliotheque's episodes, early and ad-free, as well as these bonus episodes exploring Michael, Jake and Steph's wider cultural highlights. Whether it's a Zelda video game, a Miyazaki manga or something else entirely, on our bonus episodes the Ghibliotheque conversation carries on.

    The Girl Who Leapt Through Time | Hosodathon #1

    The Girl Who Leapt Through Time | Hosodathon #1

    Michael, Jake and Steph return with an all-new Ghibliotheque spin-off miniseries, leaping into the filmography of one of today's leading anime filmmakers, Mamoru Hosoda, whose latest film Belle is a hotly anticipated new release in early 2022.
    We start our Hosodathon journey with 2006's The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, the fan-favourite anime gem that first introduced many viewers to Hosoda and his work. Coming off the back of years working on long-running anime series at Toei Animation, including Digimon and One Piece, as well as an ill-fated stint at Studio Ghibli as the initial director of Howl's Moving Castle (before Hayao Miyazaki came back out of retirement and took the reins), Mamoru Hosoda sets in motion much of his unique style and many of his recurring themes in this collision of slice-of-life high school comedy and high-concept sci-fi storytelling.
    Get in touch with Ghibliotheque at ghibli@littledotstudios.comor follow us on Twitter:
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    @MichaelJLeader – Michael
    @jakehcunningham – Jake
    @_stephwatts - Steph
    Produced by Michael Leader, Jake Cunningham, Harold McShiel and Steph Watts. Edited by James Payne. Music by Anthony Ing.


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    • 37 min
    The Ghibliotheque Nativity

    The Ghibliotheque Nativity

    It's the annual Ghibliotheque Christmas episode! At the virtual Christmas party, Michael, Jake, Steph and Harold look back at 2021, declare their favourite books, films, games and music of the year, read out some superb casting choices for a Ghibli Nativity play, and of course it wouldn't be a Ghibliotheque Christmas episode without Harold singing some Ghibli remixes of some festive favourites.
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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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    • 56 min
    The magical mystery podcast | The Library Café #14

    The magical mystery podcast | The Library Café #14

    Michael, Jake and Steph get back to what they love... The Beatles. Well, at least Michael and Jake do anyway. Join us for a chat about the fab four and our thoughts on Peter Jackson's new Beatles documentary Get Back.

    Welcome to the Ghibliotheque Library Cafe!

    Thank you for becoming a paid subscriber to Ghibliotheque. You have access to all of Ghibliotheque's episodes, early and ad-free, as well as these bonus episodes exploring Michael, Jake and Steph's wider cultural highlights. Whether it's a Zelda video game, a Miyazaki manga or something else entirely, on our bonus episodes the Ghibliotheque conversation carries on.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 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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