Cannes Film Festival to give major props to Studio Ghibli’s 40 years of magic

Studio Ghibli will be honored as a collective by the Cannes Film Festival, the first in history.

Studio Ghibli, founded by Hayao Miyazaki 40 years ago, is known worldwide for beloved films like “Spirited Away,” “My Neighbor Totoro,” and “Howl’s Moving Castle.”

This year, the Cannes Film Festival will honor Studio Ghibli as a collective, a first in the festival’s history.

Cannes organizers praised Studio Ghibli’s characters for their vibrant universes and engaging stories, calling Japanese animation a cinematic adventure blending tradition and modernity.

Despite announcing retirement multiple times, Miyazaki returned to cinemas last year with “The Boy and the Heron,” winning his second Oscar for best animated film after “Spirited Away.”

The festival will also honor George Lucas, creator of “Star Wars,” with an honorary Palme this year.