Studio Ghibli is going to make its fans cry tears of joy! Earlier this year, they surprised animation enthusiasts across the world when they tied up with Netflix and released almost all their films (except one) on the streaming platform. But little did fans know that there was another surprise up their sleeve.

Our favorite animation studio has released 400 free to download images on its official site for fans to use as they like. There 400 images are from eight Ghibli films and as per their site, they will keep releasing more images in the coming months. So if stills from your favorite animated movie is not out yet, it eventually will be.

From this month, we will provide scene photos of all Studio Ghibli works in sequence. This month, we will provide 8 works, mainly new works, for a total of 400 pieces.

Feel free to use it within the bounds of common sense.

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Love the sarcastic little rider about the image usage. Guess it’s just a witty warning about not to misuse the pictures. To those who don’t know about the Japanese studio – they are known for using stunningly beautiful hand-drawn sketches/painting for most of their animated creations. Hayao Miyazaki who is one of the founders of the company, firmly believes that traditional drawing is fundamental to animation.

It just took me a few minutes to go through all the 400 pictures and I cannot wait to draw a few of them. Also, I’ll go back to older film reviews and change the bad quality YouTube screenshots I used for some of the posts.

The eight films to have their stills out include two I absolutely love – ‘The Tale of Princess Kaguya’ and ‘Ponyo’. It also includes the most iconic Ghibli film ‘Spirited Away’.

‘Ponyo’ is perhaps among the most underrated productions, it’s a modern twist to the Little Mermaid. Actually, it’s nothing like the Little Mermaid. It’s an absolutely adorable weird film with two kids as the main protagonists, one is a human boy, while the other is Ponyo, a fish that can turn human. Their unlikely friendship will tug you heart-strings.

Well, here are some of my favorite images from the ones that have been released –