Source: © Studio Ghibli Studio Ghibli generously releases 400 images from its films free of charge, with more to come 2020-09-19 Sat 2020-09-19 Sat In a move which surprised many in the anime community, Studio Ghibli announced on September 18th that it was making images from its films available for free: "From this month, we have decided to begin providing scene images from all Studio Ghibli works. This month, we are mainly focusing on recent works, providing a total of 400 images from 8 films. Please use them freely within the limits of common sense." In this initial round, the eight films from which images are available are as follows: When Marnie Was There The Tale of Princess Kaguya Spirited Away The Wind Rises From Up On Poppy Hill The Secret World of Arrietty Ponyo Tales from Earthsea On Twitter, many users began posting the images to express their joy and gratitude to the studio for the decision, and, naturally, as an opportunity to talk about the films themselves. For example, animation producer Renato Rivera Rusca Tweeted: Goodness gracious. Studio Ghibli is uploading 50 stills from each of their films, with the first 400 this month and more on the way. 今月から、スタジオジブリ作品の場面写真の提供を開始すると発表… まずは400枚!!https://t.co/CD9hIJOdcP pic.twitter.com/UMfAGWtglq— Renato Rivera Rusca （レナト・リベラ・ルスカ） (@RENATOLOGY) September 18, 2020 As did the Japan Foundation, Toronto: Thank you STUDIO GHIBLI! The beloved Japanese anime studio announced they are now providing 400 images from 8 of their gorgeous films for FREE - as long as whatever they are used for, remains within the bounds of common sense. #StudioGhibli #JFToronto30 https://t.co/aheqPPrseW pic.twitter.com/0BpZ9KGeJt— Japan Foundation, Toronto (@JFToronto) September 18, 2020 It also turned out to be an opportunity for animators to open up about their work. Hiromasa Yonebayashi, former animator and director at Studio Ghibli who became the youngest director in the studio's history with The Secret World of Arrietty posted images from Spirited Away for which he was in charge of key animation: ジブリが自由につかっていいということなので、自分が原画をやったところを。千尋は長編の原画初だったので緊張しつつ、いろいろ研究しながら描きました。ハクにダンゴを食べさせるところはみんなで大型犬に触れながら動きを観察したなあ。 pic.twitter.com/Q4MRJpB7hs— 米林宏昌 (@MaroYonebayashi) September 18, 2020 "Since Ghibli says I'm free to use it, here are key frames I was responsible for. With Spirited Away, it was my first time doing key frames so I was nervous, and I did all kinds of research in order to draw them. For the scene when Chihiro gives Haku part of the herbal cake, we all interacted with a big dog and observed its behavior." お父さんが食べてるブヨブヨした食べ物はシーラカンスの胃袋と絵コンテに書いてありました。ハクはシュッと動いてピタッと止まるので原画が少なくて楽チン。千尋はビクビクしてるので原画が多くて大変。— 米林宏昌 (@MaroYonebayashi) September 19, 2020 "For the gelatinous food that Chihiro's father is eating, it was written 'coelacanth stomach' on the storyboard. Haku moves around quickly and stops suddenly so doing the key frames was easy, but Chihiro twitches around a lot, so there were many frames which made it hard." (Editor's note: After we published the article, he Tweeted that it was in fact not written in the storyboard but in director Hayao Miyazaki's layouts.) Perhaps there will be more discoveries in the days to come. In any case, this generous move by Studio Ghibli will surely have the benefit of drawing more attention to these masterpieces of animation. You can find the images on Studio Ghibli's website here. And remember, use them freely but "within the limits of common sense." By - Ben K. Tags: Free / key animation / key frames / Studio Ghibli grape Japan Art Studio Ghibli generously releases 400 images from its films free of charge, with more to come Related Article Studio Ghibli, anime, and video game wallpapers released for free as video chat backgrounds Coin-eating musical No-Face piggy bank is back to devour all just like Spirited Away’s Kaonashi Studio Ghibli’s Kiki Returns As 17-Year-Old Schoolgirl For Cup Noodle Commercial My Neighbor Totoro’s famous Cat Bus features in awesome embroidered Japanese vintage jackets Warm Yourself This Winter With A Hand-knit Premium My Neighbor Totoro Jacket Studio Ghibli Makes 38 Albums Of Music Available For Streaming In Japan…Worldwide Next?