What would Disney’s Pixar studio say to Studio Ghibli?

  • Each week, our readers vote for their favourite answer and the contestant with the least votes is eliminated
  • This week, they imagine a conversation between the US creators of films like ‘Toy Story’ and ‘Soul’, and Japanese artist Hayao Miyazaki’s company, which made the likes of ‘Totoro’ and ‘Spirited Away’
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Contestant 1

Hey Ghibli, your movies SUCK! Who am I

kidding ... your beautiful visuals and fantastical worlds are absolutely incredible. You have the most stunning 2D animations (don’t tell Disney I said that, they’re my boss.)

Anyway, I’m calling you because I have an idea: what if we made the saddest movie of all time? I’m thoroughly impressed with your ability to devastate an audience. I was sobbing hysterically through Grave of the Fireflies, and I invented the eight-minute Up sequence.

Should our new movie be about animals, parents, or maybe a world war? What do you think?

Contestant 2

Hello Studio Ghibli,

We are Pixar from the United States. We have many friends here such as the superhero, Mr Incredible, and the fish Dory.

We know you are from Japan. We love Japanese culture very much. Your traditional clothing is extremely pretty.

One of our favourite characters is Chihiro Ogino, from the film Spirited Away. We love her because she changes her attitude to save her parents. She needed a lot of courage to do it.

Do you want to work with us? We could make a big movie! I’m looking forward to it.

Best wishes,

Pixar

Contestant 3

Dear Studio Ghibli,

Hey! Uhm … would you mind working with us again? We are two of the world’s biggest animation studios, so it makes sense to collaborate. People enjoy your animation movies because of the hand-painted backgrounds and characters.

Do you remember Totoro made a cameo appearance in Toy Story 3? It was awesome! I look forward to working together again!

Best Wishes,

Pixar

Contestant 4

Hey Studio Ghibli! Do you think it’s fair people continue to compare us all the time? Personally, we here at Pixar find it rather comical; we’re very different. Our audience see us as twins, but I think we do our jobs in very different ways.

We feel that we do a good job driving the plot, raising heartbeats and keeping people on the edge of their seats. On the other hand, you guys are great at transporting viewers into unique worlds, completely changing their perspective of movies.

We hope our lovely fans will start to appreciate our uniqueness and quirks individually instead of pitting us against each other. Wishing Studio Ghibli all the best!

Sincerely, Pixar

Contestant 5

Ugh, I don’t think I can even look at you, even though you and I are two of the world’s most famous movie companies. I think everyone can agree that I’m in the lead, considering all your movies are gibberish and the drawings are so ... plain. What? It’s Japanese? Sounds like an alien language to me.

You should really pick up a thing or two from us. Maybe then you’d be able to open your own amusement park. Haven’t you seen ours? Their business is booming!

So hands off our No. 1 throne, please.

Contestant 6

Dear Studio Ghibli,

I respect your hard work and dedication to making show-stopping anime movies. It does take you longer to produce them but there is a good reason for it: drawing every character and scene takes time and precision.

Your movies allow audiences to live in the moment and have empathy for the characters. You make every single detail count. This makes your movies irreplaceable and irresistible.

Regardless of how popular I am, there can only ever be one Ghibli.

Much respect,

Pixar

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