After nearly 30 years of enchanting audiences all over the world with breathtaking animated films, Studio Ghibli’s animation department will be taking a hiatus from making future productions. The general manager, Toshio Suzuki, has now confirmed that the beloved Japanese animation studio will close its doors as a production company and direct its focus on managing the trademarks of its back-catalogue.
Toshio Suzuki announced the closure of Studio Ghibli in a news interview. This is a translated version of the news article:
"Just moments ago, Toshio Suzuki, Studio Ghibli producer, announced on the TV show of the MBS Jounetsu Tairiku chain effectively as announced as sources close to the studio, Studio Ghibli will close and production studio anime, leaving himself only as a company that will manage its trademarks. As stated in the program’s producer, "the production department of anime will be dismantled." In the interview, Suzuki has also admitted that it was a major setback for the study progress Hayao Miyazaki.
This comes as heartbreaking news to devout Studio Ghibli fans, however the animation department has said that they will simply be taking a hiatus from making future productions. There were rumors claiming that When Marnie Was There would be the final Studio Ghibli film. It was thought that their film making would cease to continue, these rumors have been put to rest and explained that instead of permanent closure, the entire studio is considering restructuring for the time being.
“On what to do with Studio Ghibli’s future, it is by no means impossible to keep producing [movies] forever,” Suzuki commented, “However, we will take a brief pause to consider where to go from here.”