My Neighbour Totoro, Grave of the Fireflies, Laputa: Castle In The Sky, Pom Poko, Princess
Mononoke, My Neigbours the Yamadas, Spirited Away, Ponyo, The Wind Rises, The Tale of
Princess Kaguya… all films for which the beauty of the drawings and animation are
recognised and admired around the world as much as the quality of the storytelling.
To comprehend the creative genius of Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki - the authors of
these masterpieces - discover the secrets of their animation and share the emotion of their
art, this exhibition will present nearly thirty years of drawings from the Studio Ghibli, with
1,300 original layouts from films produced by the studio.
For the first time in Europe, the general public will be able to admire the drawings from
which originated all the studio’s productions that come before what we discover on the big
screen, the graphic source material that serves as an essential artistic base for any animated
For Isao Takahata, layout is the key component in producing an animated film.
Layouts define the feeling and design of every scene, the point of view, as well as the
attitude and expression of each character.
This exhibition is a chance to show these magnificent drawings to the European public for
the first time and pay tribute to the remarkable skills of those behind them.
For Hayao Miyazaki, “Animation is an illusion, and the audience is curious to see how they’ll
So what secrets will this deep exploration of the drawings of Takahata and Miyazaki reveal?
Isao Takahata answers, “That’s up to the imagination of the viewer”.
After prestigious exhibitions such as Pixar, 25 years of animation and The Art of the Marvel
Superheroes, this new exhibition by Art Ludique-Le Musée, Studio Ghibli Layout Designs:
Understanding the secrets of Takahata and Miyazaki animation is a wonderful opportunity
to shine the spotlight on the creators of films that have made a deep impression on our
imagination, allowing people to discover the important artistic dimension behind films that
have inspired them to dream.