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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 • 374 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

    Earwig and the Witch | Ghibliotheque #27

    Earwig and the Witch | Ghibliotheque #27

    This week, Michael and Jake are thrilled to tackle something new for the Ghibliotheque podcast... a brand-new Studio Ghibli film! The latest from Goro Miyazaki, Earwig and the Witch may come from a familiar source, as it's adapted from a novel by Howl's Moving Castle author Diana Wynne Jones, but it showcases a radical new direction for Ghibli as the Studio's first 3D, CG-animated feature. But how has the experiment turned out?


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    Produced by Michael Leader, Jake Cunningham, Harold McShiel and Steph Watts.
     
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    • 43 min
    The Ghibliotheque Christmas Party

    The Ghibliotheque Christmas Party

    It's the annual Ghibliotheque Christmas episode! At the virtual Christmas party, Michael, Jake, Steph and Harold look back on the strange year that was 2020, read some excellent letters from listeners and their Ghibli plus ones, and even do a bit of Ghibli-themed karaoke. So grab a drink and a buffet plate, and join in the fun.


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    @_stephwatts - Steph


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    Produced by Michael Leader, Jake Cunningham, Steph Watts & Harold McShiel.
     
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    • 50 min
    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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    @_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
    @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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    • 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.


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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
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    @_stephwatts - Steph


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    Produced by Michael Leader, Jake Cunningham, Steph Watts & Harold McShiel.
     
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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
374 Ratings

374 Ratings

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.

Saraint ,

Too short, too cold and too shallow

The two presenters are lovely guys, do their research and are articulate. I loved the Jonathan Ross ep, because it was through a review of his that I actually got into Ghibli.
However, I struggle to relate to their opinions of the films. The analysis is so short and factual. I wish there was more emotional engagement with the films and that they had more guests, especially more female ones. I haven’t listened to all the episodes and I will persevere, but perhaps there is room in the market for a similar podcast which addresses these issues.

Ajax_Ranger ,

The Ghibli fanboys podcast

A decent podcast, but the opening narration of “the world’s greatest animation studio” gives you a good idea of what exactly you’re going to get. Informative but at the same time sycophantic, it very much gives the impression that the hosts’ experience of Japanese animation is extremely limited outside Studio Ghibli. Which is fine if that’s all you’ve come for, but puts the studio on a higher pedestal than it deserves.

Also, while acknowledged in later episodes, the repeated mispronunciation of titles and names doesn’t do the podcast any favours.

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