Every year, people who celebrate Halloween have to make a tough decision: who to dress up as. And if you’re a fan of Studio Ghibli, the situation becomes even more difficult. After all, how are you supposed to pick just one character from the films they have released. Luckily, there’s a solution. Pumpkin carving. You can make as many Ghibli pumpkins as you please. Who wouldn’t like to spend the spookiest night of the season surrounded by their beloved animated friends illuminating the surroundings? Just take a look at the pictures below and see for yourself how awesome they can look.
If for whatever reason you haven’t heard about Studio Ghibli, you should know that it’s a Japanese animation film studio based in Tokyo. The studio is best known for its anime feature movies, but has also produced short films, television commercials, and one television film. It was founded on 15 June 1985, after the success of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984), with funding by Tokuma Shoten.
Six of Studio Ghibli’s films are among the 10 highest-grossing anime films made in Japan, with Spirited Away (2001) being the most successful, grossing over US$360 million worldwide. Many of their works have won numerous awars, including the Animage Anime Grand Prix award and the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year.
Five of Studio Ghibli’s films have received Academy Award nominations. Spirited Away won the Golden Bear in 2002 and the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film in 2003.
On 3 August 2014, Studio Ghibli temporarily halted production following the retirement of its famous director Hayao Miyazaki, who co-founded the studio with the late Isao Takahata. But In February 2017, Toshio Suzuki announced that Miyazaki had come out of retirement again to direct a new feature film, How Do You Live?. It is named after the 1937 book of the same name written by Genzaburo Yoshino and is expected to hit the screens before the 2020 Summer Olympics.