Whisper of the Heart (1995)

The first Studio Ghibli film not to be directed by Hayao Miyazaki or Isao Takahata, “Whisper of the Heart” is a charming lowkey teenage love story mostly devoid of fantastical elements and just keyed in hard on a teenage girl’s self-growth. The conflict in the film is mostly eternal – even the parent figures are…

Pom Poko (1994)

The tanuki, Japan’s “raccoon dogs” are distinctive and animated enough animals that it’s easy to see why Studio Ghibli chose to, well, animate them. In this film, they come in many forms, first showed in how they shimmer into clothing and anthropomorphic stature in the film’s opening fight scene. Later scenes take their transformations more…

Ocean Waves (1993)

Ocean Waves was an attempt by Studio Ghibli to allow their younger staff members to make a film reasonably cheaply. However, it ended up going both over budget and over schedule. The first Studio Ghibli film not to be directed by either Hayao Miyazaki or Isao Takahata, “Ocean Waves” was a TV film intended for…