Legendary animation company Studio Ghibli recently released the English dub of their newest film, When Marnie Was There. The main buzz is the fact that it might be the last Studio Ghibli film released–or at least for a long time.
Marnie was originally released in Japan on July 19, 2014. It will be released in America on May 22.
Studio Ghibli was founded in 1985. The first film they released was Hayao Miyazaki’s Laputa: Castle in the Sky, a Jules Verne-esque adventure fantasy made to delight all audiences. With the release of Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away, they achieved international recognition.
I think it’s safe to say that all animation fans hope Marnie will not be Ghibli’s last. Sometimes studios go through ebbs and flows. Maybe Ghibli and its executives need a little bit of time to sort things out and take a break. And after producing over a dozen critically-acclaimed animated movies over the years, they deserve it.