Short films by Studio Ghibli

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Short films by Studio Ghibli
Ghibli ga Ippai Special Short Short DVD cover.jpg
Ghibli ga Ippai Short Short DVD, which contains many of the studio's short films
Television commercial
Directed byHayao Miyazaki
Written byHayao Miyazaki
StudioStudio Ghibli
Original networkNippon TV
ReleasedNovember 1992
Runtime15 seconds, 5 seconds (4 different spots)
Music video
On Your Mark
Directed byHayao Miyazaki
Produced byToshio Suzuki
Written byHayao Miyazaki
Music byRyō Hiyama
Chage & Aska (vocals)
StudioStudio Ghibli
ReleasedJuly 15, 1995
Runtime6:40 minutes
Live-action television film
Directed byYoshiyuki Momose
Produced byHiroyuki Watanabe
StudioStudio Ghibli
Original networkNippon TV
ReleasedApril 8, 2000
Runtime12 minutes
Live-action television film
Ghiblies Episode 2
Directed byYoshiyuki Momose
Written byYoshiyuki Momose
Music byManto Watanabe
StudioStudio Ghibli
Original networkNippon TV
ReleasedJuly 19, 2002
Runtime25 minutes
See also
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Studio Ghibli is a Japanese animation film studio founded in 1985. In addition to producing 18 feature films, the studio has produced several short films, including commercials, films for the Ghibli Museum, music videos, and works released directly to video.


Studio Ghibli has created and produced a variety of different commercials.


Nandarō (なんだろう, lit. What Is It?) was a series of commercial spots for NTV which were created by Hayao Miyazaki at Studio Ghibli. The spots first aired during November 1992, and featured one 15-second spot and four 5-second spots.[1] They have been released on both the Ghibli ga Ippai LaserDisc box set and the Ghibli ga Ippai Special Short Short DVD set.[2]

Music videos[edit]

Studio Ghibli (and its subsidiary Studio Kajino) have created a number of music videos.

On Your Mark[edit]

"On Your Mark" (オン・ユア・マーク, On Yua Māku) is a song by the Japanese rock duo Chage & Aska. At their request, animator Hayao Miyazaki produced a music video for the song. The music video was created in 1995, is entirely animated, has no dialogue, and runs for about six and a half minutes.[3] The song was used in advertisements for NEC, and was shown at the theatrical release of Whisper of the Heart in Japan.[4]

The music video tells the story of two policemen in a possible near future who rescue a young girl with wings from the headquarters of a religious cult, and then have to rescue her from their own government.[5]

Short films[edit]

Studio Ghibli short films have premiered on television, in theaters (usually debuting with a full-length film from the studio), at the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo, and directly to home video formats such as DVD and Blu-ray.


Ghiblies (ギブリーズ, Giburīzu) is a 12-minute short anime comedic film which aired on NTV on April 8, 2000. It was directed by Yoshiyuki Momose and produced by Hiroyuki Watanabe.

Ghiblies Episode 2[edit]

A 25-minute sequel, titled Ghiblies Episode 2, was released in theaters with The Cat Returns on July 19, 2002. Momose wrote the script and directed the sequel, with assistance directing from Eiichirō Tashiro and Chika Matsumura. Manto Watanabe, the drummer for the Okinawan band Shang Shang Typhoon, created the music for the short film. Other staff members included art director Noboru Yoshida, original character designer Toshio Suzuki, and special character designer Hisaichi Ishii. It was released on home video in North America as bonus content with Ocean Waves by GKIDS in 2017. Before that, GKIDS streamed the clip with English subtitles in United States' theaters along with the 15th anniversary screenings of Spirited Away in December 2016.[6]

Film Guru Guru[edit]

Film Guru Guru (フィルムぐるぐる, Firumu Guru Guru) is an anime short film series which was shown at the Ghibli Museum from October 1, 2001 through November 17, 2008. The series was directed by Hayao Miyazaki with storyboards by Miyazaki and Hiromasa Yonebayashi (who also produced).


Imaginary Flying Machines[edit]

Kūsō no Sora Tobu Kikaitachi (空想の空飛ぶ機械達, Imaginary Flying Machines) is an animated 2002 short film produced by Studio Ghibli for their near exclusive use in the Ghibli Museum. It features famous director Hayao Miyazaki himself as narrator (in the form of a humanoid pig, reminiscent of Porco from Porco Rosso), telling the story of flight and the many machines imagined to achieve it.[7]

The Night of Taneyamagahara[edit]

The Night of Taneyamagahara (種山ヶ原の夜, Taneyamagahara no Yoru) is an anime short film directed by Kazuo Oga and released by Studio Ghibli. A DVD version was released for Japan on July 7, 2006. The story is based on a work by Kenji Miyazawa.

Iblard Jikan[edit]

Iblard Jikan (イバラード時間, Ibarādo Time) is a Japanese animation by Studio Ghibli, released in Japan on DVD and Blu-ray on July 4, 2007 as part of the "Ghibli ga Ippai Collection."[8] It is directed by Naohisa Inoue. The story is set in the imaginary world of Iblard, originally depicted in paintings by Inoue. The paintings of Iblard also inspired the fantasy sequences of Ghibli's Whisper of the Heart.[9]

Ghibli Museum short films[edit]

The following shorts films are exclusively shown on rotation at the Saturn Theater at the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo.

The Whale Hunt[edit]

Kujiratori (くじらとり, lit. "Whale Hunt") is a 2001 short film shown only in the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Japan. The film has a running time of 16 minutes. It is drawn in a different, simpler style compared to other Studio Ghibli films, and uses bright pastel colors.

Kujiraori tells the story of school children playing that they're building a boat. As imagination replaces reality, they find themselves on the ocean, hunting for a whale. A big, gentle whale shows up, accompanies them back to land and plays with them. Then the fantasy ends and the children are back in their class room.

The film was shown at the 2002 New York International Children's Film Festival. It has won the at the Ōfuji Noburō Award at the Mainichi Film Award in 2001.

Koro's Big Day Out[edit]

Koro's Big Day Out (コロの大さんぽ, Koro no daisanpo) is a 2002 short film written and directed by Miyazaki. It has a running time of 15 minutes.

Mei and the Kittenbus[edit]

Mei and the Kittenbus (めいとこねこバス, Mei to Konekobasu) is a 2002 thirteen-minute sequel to My Neighbor Totoro, written and directed by Miyazaki.[10] Chika Sakamoto, who voiced Mei in Totoro, returned to voice Mei in this short. Miyazaki himself did the voice of the Neko Ba-chan as well as Totoro. It concentrates on the character of Mei Kusakabe from the original film and her adventures one night with the Kittenbus (offspring of the Catbus from the film) and other cat-oriented vehicles.

The short is regularly shown at the Ghibli Museum,[11] but has not been released to home video. It was shown briefly in the United States in 2006 to honor the North American release of Spirited Away[12] and at a Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation fundraiser a few days later.[13]

Water Spider Monmon[edit]

Mizugumo Monmon (水グモもんもん, lit. Water Spider Monmon) is a 2006 Japanese animated short film produced by anime studio Studio Ghibli. It can be seen at the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan.

It is based in part on "Boro, the Caterpillar", a story idea which Hayao Miyazaki considered working on prior to the start of production on Princess Mononoke. The short film's main character is a diving bell spider who seems to have fallen in love with a water strider. Though she is scared of him at first, the water strider soon gets used to the presence of the spider.

The Day I Harvested a Planet[edit]

Hoshi o Katta Hi (星をかった日, literally "The Day [I] Raised (Harvested) a Planet") is an animated 2006 short film produced by Studio Ghibli for their exclusive use in the Saturn Theater at the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan. The film is based on a story by Naohisa Inoue.

The short film is about a boy who lives and works on a farm. One day when going to sell vegetables at a market, his cart breaks down. Two strangers, a frog and a mole, offer him a strange seed in exchange for the vegetables. The boy accepts and finds that the seed grows into a miniature planet. It continues growing as he tends to it, forming an atmosphere, weather systems and life. After being taken back to the city, he meets the stranger who sold the seed to him, and they release the planet into a galaxy of similar planets, where it will grow for years until becoming a real planet.

Looking for a House[edit]

Looking for a House (やどさがし, Yadosagashi) is a short film shown only in the Saturn Theater at the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Japan. Debuting in January 2006, it is 12 minutes long.

Fuki sets out with a big rucksack in high spirits on a journey to look for a new house. Along her way, Fuki encounters and befriends numerous manifestations of the natural world, from fish to insects to a kami who resembled Totoro. All the sound effects in this film were done by human voice. As a nod to the non-Japanese speaking audience, this short film contains little to no spoken Japanese, and the story is conveyed almost entirely through art and sound effects. Sound is also depicted on screen as animated writing. The original story and screenplay were written by Hayao Miyazaki.

A Sumo Wrestler's Tail[edit]

A Sumo Wrestler's Tail (ちゅうずもう) is a Japanese animated fantasy short film directed by Akihiko Yamashita and written by Hayao Miyazaki made for the Studio Ghibli Museum.[14] It premiered at the museum in 2010. Miyazaki based the story on the Japanese folk tale Nezumi no Sumō.

Chu Zumo is the story of an old farmer who discovers a group of rats heading to a sumo wrestling bout. After they lose miserably he decides to feed the rats to boost their chances of winning.

Mr. Dough and the Egg Princess[edit]

Mr. Dough and the Egg Princess (パン種とタマゴ姫, Pandane to Tamago Hime) is a 2010 short film. It is 12 minutes long.

Treasure Hunting[edit]

Treasure Hunting (たからさがし, Takara sagashi) is a 2011 short film. It is 9 minutes long.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Team Ghiblink. "Nandaro". Retrieved May 10, 2010.
  2. ^ Team Ghiblink. "Video List: Studio Ghibli". Retrieved May 10, 2010.
  3. ^ McCarter, Charles. "On Your Mark". Archived from the original on July 8, 2009. Retrieved May 10, 2010.
  4. ^ Team Ghiblink. "On Your Mark". Retrieved May 10, 2010.
  5. ^ Høgset, Stig. "On Your Mark". THEM Anime Reviews. Retrieved May 10, 2010.
  6. ^ "GKids Streams Ghiblies: Episode 2 Clip, Adds 3rd Day of Spirited Away Screenings". Anime News Network. December 8, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  7. ^ "News Archive Page 3". December 31, 2005. Archived from the original on May 8, 2010. Retrieved May 10, 2010.
  8. ^ "Next Studio Ghibli Projects Announced". Anime News Network. March 19, 2007. Retrieved May 11, 2010.
  9. ^ "Studio Ghibli's Iblard Jikan Video Trailer Online". Anime News Network. June 21, 2007. Retrieved May 11, 2010.
  10. ^ "Miyazaki Plans Museum Anime Shorts After Ponyo". Anime News Network. June 20, 2008. Retrieved May 11, 2010.
  11. ^ "三鷹の森 ジブリ美術館 - 映像展示室 土星座" [Mitaka Forest Ghibli Art Museum: Film Exhibition Room: Saturn Theater]. Studio Ghibli. Retrieved May 11, 2010.
  12. ^ "Synopsis - Page 1". Lasseter-San, Arigato (Thank You, Mr. Lasseter). Retrieved May 11, 2010.
  13. ^ "Synopsis - Page 6". Lasseter-San, Arigato (Thank You, Mr. Lasseter). Retrieved May 11, 2010.
  14. ^ "A Sumo Wrestler's Tail". Ghibli Museum, Mitaka. Retrieved 25 February 2014.

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