You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Toon house Ghibli drives Toyota

Film unit, automaker team on training studio

TOKYO — Studio Ghibli, the toon house responsible for the Hayao Miyazaki smashes “Spirited Away” and “Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea,” is collaborating with automaker Toyota to open a new training studio.

Informally called Ghibli West, the studio will be situated in Toyota’s R&D center in Aichi Prefecture in western Japan.

Beginning in April, Ghibli will dispatch 20 new hires to the studio for a two-year course to learn animation techniques while being exposed to robotics and other Toyota technologies. Studio supremo Miyazaki and other veteran Ghibli animators will give lectures.

The newcomers will make short toons to screen at the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka City, Tokyo.

Ghibli producer and former prexy Toshio Suzuki came up with the idea for the unusual collaboration after visiting Toyota’s headquarters in 2006.

The intent is to give students an appreciation for the traditional handcrafting skills still found at the automaker. 

This training, Suzuki believes, will make them a better fit with the Studio Ghibli aesthetic, which blends handmade animation with the latest digital technology.

More Film

  • African Virtual Reality Market

    Virtual Reality Makes Real Gains Across Africa

    TOKYO — Studio Ghibli, the toon house responsible for the Hayao Miyazaki smashes “Spirited Away” and “Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea,” is collaborating with automaker Toyota to open a new training studio. Informally called Ghibli West, the studio will be situated in Toyota’s R&D center in Aichi Prefecture in western Japan. Beginning in […]

  • Discop Africa: Guest Country Germany Talks

    Discop Africa: Guest Country Germany Talks African Ties

    TOKYO — Studio Ghibli, the toon house responsible for the Hayao Miyazaki smashes “Spirited Away” and “Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea,” is collaborating with automaker Toyota to open a new training studio. Informally called Ghibli West, the studio will be situated in Toyota’s R&D center in Aichi Prefecture in western Japan. Beginning in […]

  • African Toons Take Off as Regional,

    African Toons Take Off as Regional, Global Partnerships Blossom

    TOKYO — Studio Ghibli, the toon house responsible for the Hayao Miyazaki smashes “Spirited Away” and “Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea,” is collaborating with automaker Toyota to open a new training studio. Informally called Ghibli West, the studio will be situated in Toyota’s R&D center in Aichi Prefecture in western Japan. Beginning in […]

  • Renee Zellweger

    Renee Zellweger to Play Judy Garland in London-set ‘Judy’

    TOKYO — Studio Ghibli, the toon house responsible for the Hayao Miyazaki smashes “Spirited Away” and “Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea,” is collaborating with automaker Toyota to open a new training studio. Informally called Ghibli West, the studio will be situated in Toyota’s R&D center in Aichi Prefecture in western Japan. Beginning in […]

  • Busan: WellGo USA Buys Two-Part Korean

    WellGo USA Buys Two-Part Korean Fantasy ‘Gods’

    TOKYO — Studio Ghibli, the toon house responsible for the Hayao Miyazaki smashes “Spirited Away” and “Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea,” is collaborating with automaker Toyota to open a new training studio. Informally called Ghibli West, the studio will be situated in Toyota’s R&D center in Aichi Prefecture in western Japan. Beginning in […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content