Thai Animators Create a Charming Video Tribute to Legendary Japanese Studio
Studio Ghibli is the Disney of Japan. The famed studio has inspired legions of animators, sketchers, and dreamers alike. Countless artists can likely trace their career choice and eventual success back to a whimsical Ghibli film, the epitome of Eastern cartooning. A lovable, mythical cat-beast. A sailor’s romance spoiled by family ties. A pile of junk that scales mountains — these are the concepts that have captured the hearts and minds of children and adults for years.
Sometimes, when one has taken so much inspiration from another, they cannot help but give thanks, often via a tribute. The Thai animation group Muiki ON FRAME has released a beautiful ~3-minute-long video as a nod to the legendary animation studio. Featured is all 20 of the wonderful films that make up the Ghibli playlist.
A Kate Covington cover of “Always With Me,” aka the song from the Spirited Away (千と千尋の神隠し) ending credits, sets the soft mood in the background. Each different scene is done in a separate animating style, showing ON FRAME’s diverse toolkit of animation techniques. From the video description:
“Animators over 20 of Thailand. From the Thai 2D Animator The coming together of creative work. To commemorate the Studio Ghibli. The inspiration to people around the world. 2014-2015”
The names of all of the different films (courtesy of Online Ghibli) by Studio Ghibli are:
The Cat Returns
Grave of the Fireflies
Horus: Prince of the Sun
Howl’s Moving Castle
Kiki’s Delivery Service
Laputa: Castle in the Sky
Lupin III: Castle of Cagliostro
My Neighbor Totoro
My Neighbors the Yamadas
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
Night of Taneyamagahara
Panda! Go Panda!
Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea
The Secret World of Arrietty
Tales from Earthsea
Whisper of the Heart
The bright colors pop and the essences of the Ghibli films ring true, even in just a short adaptation. Since its publication, “Tribute to GHIBLI: Thai 2D Animator 2015” has garnered over 15,000 views, though it is deserving of many more. This sentimental work captures the feeling of the films we all know, love, and cherish.