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Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Written by Hayao Miyazaki
Music by Yuji Nomi
Release date
2001 Limited release in Ghibli Museum only
Running time
16 minutes
Language Japanese

Kujiratori (くじらとり, lit. "Whale Hunt") is a 2001 short animated film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, shown only in the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Japan. The film has a running time of 16 minutes.[1] It is drawn in a different, simpler style compared to other Studio Ghibli films and uses bright pastel colors.

Kujiratori tells the story of school children pretending they are building a boat. As imagination replaces reality, they find themselves on the ocean, hunting for a whale. A big, gentle whale appears, accompanies them back to land and plays with them. Then the fantasy ends and the children are back in their class room.[1]

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


  1. ^ a b 『くじらとり』 - 三鷹の森ジブリ美術館 (in Japanese). ghibli-museum.jp. Retrieved 24 April 2014.

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