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Studio Ghibli, the brainchild of directors Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata and producer Toshio Suzuki, has captivated audiences the world over with its dreamlike, fantastical animations such as SPIRITED AWAY, HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE and GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES. This documentary looks at how they managed such an amazing run, and what could be next for the beloved studio.
THE KINGDOM OF DREAMS AND MADNESS focuses on Miyazaki as he works on THE WIND RISES, a soaring, personal epic that he later announced would be his final feature film. In the background is his colleague and rival, Isao Takahata, who is planning to release the ethereal TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA on the same day as Miyazaki’s movie. The pair founded Studio Ghibli after Takahata took on Miyazaki as an apprentice; for a while they worked on animations together, but the younger Miyazaki wanted to direct his own features and soon became the bigger star.
The film has received amazing reviews including a fresh rating of 86% on Rotten Tomatoes.