Ghibli Fest, an event in which Studio Ghibli films are shown in theaters for two to three days, has begun premiering since early April. This month, theaters such as the AMC will be showing The Secret World of Arrietty. Fans will be enjoying the return of some of their favorite childhood films.
For sophomore Angelyna Tan, the re-run of these films brought back nostalgia from her early childhood.
“When I was very young, my mom always played these movies,” Tan said. “I constantly watched movies [such as] Ponyo, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Howl’s Moving Castle, and My Neighbor Totoro.”
Tan grew up with these childhood films that inspired her, taught her lessons and more importantly, taught her change and growth.
“These movies portray the little things in life and general lessons [such as] standing up for yourself, figuring out what your purpose is in life, how to enjoy it, and how to get over tragic events,” Tan said. “These movies are a good representation of what [children] should learn but through a light presentation.”
Studio Ghibli, established (est. in 1985) is a Japanese animation studio best known for creating popular films like My Neighbor Totoro (1988) and Spirited Away (2001). These films, brought over from Japan, were watched by many American audiences, both young and old.
Studio Ghibli films will be playing throughout the year until December. Many of the popular and fan-favorite movies have been playing since 2017 when this event was initially created. Each month played a different movie for two to three days and nine movies will be playing yearly. Although it did not didn’t gain much attraction, long-time fans can still enjoy the monthly showings. The memories and nostalgia associated with these childhood films are worth re-watching in theaters.