Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli

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Studio Ghibli

31. Hayao Miyazaki

Cofounder of Studio Ghibli

When Pixar's animators need inspiration, they watch Hayao Miyazaki's movies. The giant of anime has been elevating cartoons into epic cinematic events for more than two decades, with fantastic, award-winning films such as My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away. The writer-director's stories are mostly hand-drawn, with strong female characters and morally ambiguous plotlines that make his work a harder sell than, say, Shrek 10 would be. But this summer, Miyazaki may finally get his commercial due in the U.S. with Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea. Disney/Pixar creative chief John Lasseter worked with megaproducers Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy to build a stellar voice cast (Tina Fey, Cate Blanchett, Liam Neeson) and to secure Miyazaki his widest U.S.-theater release yet. -- by Jennifer Vilaga

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