108 episodes

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 • 392 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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Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    The Boy and the Beast | Hosodathon #4

    The Boy and the Beast | Hosodathon #4

    This week in our Hosodathon miniseries, Mamoru Hosoda's biggest hit to date: The Boy and the Beast. Inspired by Hosoda becoming a dad, this is an ambitious story of a boy estranged from his family in real-life Tokyo, who finds an unlikely father-figure in the fantasy world filled with beasts and gods.
    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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    • 39 min
    2022: The Game: The Podcast | The Library Café #16

    2022: The Game: The Podcast | The Library Café #16

    With Jake the proud owner of a new baby Playstation 5, the gang get into what they've been playing recently, and what they'd recommend for Jake's new arrival.

    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.

    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:
    @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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    • 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:
    @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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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
392 Ratings

392 Ratings

Ela Smithson ,

Love it

Thanks so much - really enjoyable listen

Robert faux ,

My favourite podcast

Such a fun and insightful podcast, perfect listening for anyone interested in studio ghibli!

Phoilmc ,

Wonderful stuff

I really enjoy this podcast series, being a huge Ghibli fan. It’s a great premise having two guys with differing exposure to appreciation of Studio Ghibli animations discussing the creations in turn and giving their impressions as well as insight to the Ghibli artistry. I’m listening in conjunction with watching the ‘10 years with Hayao Miyazaki’ documentary kindly made available by NHK Japan and I’m loving it. I’m also impressed that the guys have extended their reach beyond purely reviewing each animation, looking forward to more insight from those involved in the Ghibli artistic fold. Highly recommended, well done guys.

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