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Anyone who loves classic hand drawn animation surely is familiar with the Japanese giant, Studio Ghibli, and the fat and fluffy Totoro creature that accompanies the title. Hell, at the very least, most Americans have been introduced to Totoro from his cameo appearance in the latest iteration of Toy Story. Since the mid 80s, the Japanese animation studio has been pumping out world renowned classics that have managed to bundle humane wonder with traditional Japanese culture while presenting them with universal appeal to both adults and children alike. With the genius of writers/directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata behind the original stories, and an instantly recognizable style that skews the traditional Japanese anime look, Studio Ghibli has cemented itself as the leader in keeping the intimate art of hand drawn animation alive. Twenty-seven years after the success of Miyazaki's Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and the subsequent foundation of Studio Ghibli, »

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