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Major changes coming to Studio Ghibli

- August 3rd, 2014

Studio Ghibli, the Japanese animation studio behind award winning films like Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro, may not be closing its doors, but the company will be facing some major reorganization.

Originally reported on Japanese website News Cafe, an inside source let it slip that the studio’s upcoming film When Marine Was There may be the last film to come out of the studio.

The insider added the company had been in rough shape ever since the announcement of Hayao Miyazaki’s, co-founder of the legendary studio and director behind some of the biggest films, retirement this past spring.

“From here on, it appears as though this won’t be a studio that makes new works, but instead, manages its copyrights,” the site reported, translated via Kotaku.

Kotaku’s Brian Ashcroft later confirmed the original message wasn’t translated properly, and Studio Ghibli would be facing changes within the company instead of closing its doors entirely.

It’s not the first time talk about the studio closing has surfaced, either. It was only four years ago that Miyazaki told Bleeding Cool he had thought about dissolving the studio before, Kotaku reported.

“No joke, we talked about it the other day. For example, Ghibli should be able to continue with about five staff members as a copyright management company even if we smash the studio,” Miyazaki said.  “So, Ghibli can say ‘We stop film production. Goodbye’. I do not have to be there.”

If speculation is correct about the impending downsize, the anonymous insider said financial concerns are to blame.

The cost to produce just one animated feature usually hovers around $100 million, and with Miyazaki stepping out of the picture, investors are concerned audiences won’t react to new films the same way, leading to detrimental losses for the company.

Following the news of Hayao Miyazaki’s departure, it was made clear by the company that Goro Miyazaki, Hayao’s son, would be stepping up to take on more animated features.

His upcoming television project, Ronia the Robber’s Daughter, is expected to be released sometime in the new year.

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