Aug 05, 2014 11:23AM

Studio Ghibli Isn't Quite Dead Yet

It's just taking a "brief pause."
Calm down, Studio Ghibli fanatics — the much-loved Japanese animation studio isn't dead just yet. After rumours of closure circulated wildly yesterday, like Miyazaki-drawn leaves in the mountain wind — it turns out that not exactly what Toshio Suzuki was saying when he addressed the company's future on the TV show Jounetsu Tairiku.
Speaking of fellow co-founder Hayao Miyazaki's retirement, he says, "On what to do with Studio Ghibli's future, it is by no means impossible to keep producing (movies) forever," adding, "However, we will take a brief pause to consider where to go from here."
Granted, the fact that they're considering dismantling Studio Ghibli's production department is still a pretty sad state of affairs, but there's still hope, see?! Stressing that the current emphasis is on "housecleaning" or restructuring to improve things for "the next generation," and board of directors said, "Right about now, we will take a short rest and think about what's next."
Totally understandable. Even Disney considered closing after Walt died in the late 60s. But they didn't! Here's hoping the same goes for Ghibli.