Studio Ghibli has just given their fans an early Christmas present: they’ve released 400 images from their entire repertoire of movies for the public to use and download for free!
That being said, with all free things there is a catch. The images were released alongside this handwritten message from Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki himself: “Please use them freely within the scope of common sense.”
While this might sound a little odd, it’s merely a reminder that this gesture of goodwill shouldn’t be abused for advertising or ill purposes. And it certainly is a gesture of goodwill, as they’ve released a whopping 400 downloadable images from eight of their movies, with the promise of more to come in future.
There are 50 images available for each of the following movies:
▼ When Marnie Was There
▼ The Secret World of Arrietty
▼ From Up On Poppy Hill
▼ The Tale of The Princess Kaguya
▼ The Wind Rises
▼ Tales From Earthsea
▼ Spirited Away
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.
What will you be doing with these images? Let us know in the comments!
Source, images: Studio Ghibli