Castle in the Sky (1986)

The first Studio Ghibli film, “Castle in the Sky” is full of director Hayao Miyazaki mainstays – iconic and imaginative imagery, fascination with flight, worldbuilding backed by a sense of wonder that feels more sprung from a child’s infinite imagination than a grown man’s, and so on. The film is so bursting with inventiveness drawn…

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

More of a proto-Ghibli movie than Miyazaki’s “The Castle of Cagliostro” was, “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind” demonstrates a lot more of what the studio would come to be known for – greatly imaginative settings, scenes of flying and planes, optimism rendered in melancholy worlds, well-realised female characters as leads, the strength of…

The Castle of Cagliostro (1979)

A pre-Ghibli film from Hayao Miyazaki. It was produced in only a short manner of months and feels like it, its speedy pace at odds with the little humanistic moments and flourishes of nature that Miyazaki seemed more interested in. It’s an action-packed caper and sometimes gets bogged down in its plotting, but the general…