It's been a fruitful year for Studio Ghibli fans. Not only have all 21 films recently landed on Netflix, but we also recently got our first glimpse at its first CGI movie, due for release this year. As if that wasn't enough, the studio has now begun rolling out an archive of high-res, free-to-use stills from its films – and it's an absolute goldmine for fans of Ghibli (or animation in general).
The archive currently includes 50 stills from 8 films including Spirited Away, Ponyo, and The Wind Rises – and the studio says it plans to share stills from its entire output. Viewed as a collection, the gallery is a brilliant showcase for Studio Ghibli's traditional hand-drawn style, as well as the talents of founder Hayao Miyazaki. (We can't all be Miyazaki, but our how to draw tutorials can start you off on your animation journey).
“From this month, we will provide scene photos of all Studio Ghibli works in sequence,” reads a message above the archive. “This month, we will provide 8 works, for a total of 400 pieces. Feel free to use it within the bounds of common sense," it adds (rather ominously). We'd say the images are definitely worth studying for any aspiring animators, not least to pick up some essential character design tips.
I just found out @StudioGhibli have released HQ stills from some films! Thank you so much. But also this image, I relate so much. pic.twitter.com/X9mQUTUeRJSeptember 20, 2020
In case you missed this from other places, Studio Ghibli just released tons of hires stills from their films. Om nom nom! https://t.co/1QHL7P91oDI always weep thoroughly at this one...😭 pic.twitter.com/MNjJV9Yt05September 20, 2020
Studio Ghibli posted 50 high quality stills from 8 of their features, including my fave, SPIRITED AWAY. Such handsome art from passionate artists and storytellers. ☺️❤️🇯🇵https://t.co/u7ajuy7OyK pic.twitter.com/5oOXGvFkVNSeptember 21, 2020
You can view the full collection of stills on Studio Ghibli's website (opens in new tab). And don't forget to take a look at those new stills from Aya and The Witch, slated for release this December. But be warned: it doesn't like your average Ghibli film – which has left some fans less than impressed.