The Oscar-nominated film The Red Turtle was co-produced by Studio Ghibli, so why doesn’t anyone refer to it as a Ghibli movie?
Between 2014’s When marnie was there and 2020 Earwig and the witchStudio Ghibli didn’t make a single animated movie, but the studio wasn’t completely idle during that time. He worked on museum exhibits, art books, short films, documentaries, and most interesting of all, he co-produced the 2016 Oscar-nominated animated film. The red turtle.
This co-production was the last film Isao Takahata worked on before he passed away in 2018, but is generally not considered a “Studio Ghibli movie.” It is not part of the Ghibli collection on either Netflix or HBO Max. Why is this?
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The Red Turtle is a Studio Ghibli co-production
The red turtle is a co-production between Studio Ghibli and Wild Bunch AG, a German film production company responsible for the distribution of Ghibli in France. Prima Linea Productions in France was responsible for the animation. The film is directed and co-written by Michaël Dudok de Wit, a Dutch animator formerly known for the Oscar-winning short film. Father and daughter. He has also worked in a segment of Heavy metal, storyboard for Beauty and the Beast and illustrated seven books.
All right The red turtle there is that Miyazaki was impressed by De Wit’s work. Wild Bunch director Vincent Maravel met Hayao Miyazaki, who had been so moved by “Father and Daughter” that he sought out De Wit to collaborate with him. In an interview Before its release, Maravel explained further:
“Around the time of Ponyo I visited Studio Ghibli. Miyazaki showed me Father and daughter and he said ‘I want you to find the director for me.’ I said it would be complicated. He replied, “If one day Studio Ghibli decides to produce an animator outside the studio, it will be him.”
Upon my return, Dudok de Wit was located by the head of acquisitions and we visited him in London to ask if he would be interested in doing a show. He said no, but we added, ‘Too bad, Studio Ghibli wants to produce it,’ and his eyes lit up. “
The Red Turtle isn’t the only Studio Ghibli co-production
The red turtle It wasn’t the first time Ghibli had collaborated with other studios before. Among other collaborations, Studio Ghibli co-produced and animated Episode 11 of Neon Genesis Evangelion, co-produced Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence and was part of the production committee of Sailor Moon SuperS: The Movie Y Dragon Ball: the way to power. Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki even produced the American cartoon Recess: school ended.
None of the movies or series mentioned in the previous paragraph are considered official Studio Ghibli productions because other studios ultimately had more control over the works in question. The red turtle enjoyed more support from Studio Ghibli and Isao Takahata in particular than these other co-productions; Unlike others, the Ghibli logo appears in the opening credits. However, it is not yet considered part of Studio Ghibli canon due to its co-production status.
Said that The red turtle it is an animation masterpiece worth seeing. Michaël Dudok de Wit deserves all the accolades he has received and more for creating a beautiful film devoid of dialogue that depicts survival, the search for meaning in life and the tragedy of humanity’s mortality. The red turtle It may not be a Ghibli movie, but it is a beautiful movie that Ghibli fans should embrace.
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