Studio Ghibli has been known to be stern when it comes to the distribution and copyright of their films. However, it would seem that they are slowly changing their image through their recent actions.
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… it’s come as a bit of a surprise to find the acclaimed animation studio finally releasing its once-firm grip on their movies this year, first with the release of their films on Netflix, and then with the free distribution of official backgrounds for Zoom meetings during the pandemic.
Perhaps the most surprising of all, as of now, is their recent announcement that they will be releasing 400 images for the public to use for free. The images will be from their eight films, such as Spirited Away, Ponyo, and The Tale of Princess Kaguya.
The images were released with this handwritten message from Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki: “Please use them freely within the scope of common sense.”
The images, which can be downloaded from the official Studio Ghibli website, are a beautiful reminder of the stunning hand-drawn animated scenes produced by the studio. While they’re beautiful to browse through on their own, the images can also be used as screensavers, inspiration for artists and aspiring animators, or for printing out in glossy colour to decorate the walls of your home.
See some of the images over at SoraNews24.
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