Top Ten Reasons Why Studio Ghibli Films Are Better Than Disney Films


The Top Ten

1 Studio Ghibli Films Have Deeper Morals

Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke are both better than every Disney film.

Sorry but The Lion King, Toy Story, and more are superior to those films - PeeledBanana

You do realize Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke aren't the only Studio Ghibli films, don't you?

Yes, this is true. Disney relies on nothing but Reputation and profit, they have no need to make anything good.

Very true, Disney has the same plot in almost every story.

Something bad happens in the main characters childhood
There's a bad guy
The bad guy almost defeats the good guy until friendship and teamwork save the day
Happily Ever After - Silverfroststorm

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2 Respect for Women

Cinderella is helpless without her helper mice, a fairy godmother, and a charming prince. Princess Mononoke can snipe a demonic giant boar with her bow. No contest.

YES. The protagonists are mainly girls about the age of eight to twelve. It has given me courage and pride as a girl. - Silverfroststorm

3 Better Animation
4 It Doesn't Cliche As Much As Disney Films

Agreed. Especially since The Lion King is nothing but stupid, false animal stereotypes.

True. In Disney films, we can basically guess what happens by half way through the movie leaving not a lot of suprising elements that makes us enjoy movies. Plus, lots of stereotypes.

5 Originality

It's stories are so much better than Disney's. Even the princess stories (like Princess Mononoke and The Tale of Princess Kaguya) aren't as cheesy and predictable! - Silverfroststorm

6 Better Music

I think Princess Mononoke's soundtrack is amazing. I love many soundtracks of Disney films as well though.

All of Studio Ghiblis music is emotional and beautiful, but I especially love the ones from Spirited Away and Kikis Delivery Service. Very beautiful and powerful music. - Silverfroststorm

7 Better Plots
8 Unique Characters
9 More Evil Villains
10 Cooler Art Style

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11 No Sequels

The problem with disney is when something becomes popular they milk it to death, hence all the sequels that we don't need and didn't want. Now we are getting Wreck It Ralph 2 and Frozen 2 which are best left as they are.

Sometimes it's best for you to just wonder about things, like in the Tale of Princess Kaguya it left me staying up till 1am just thinking about what happened after. - Silverfroststorm

Lol- Beauty and the Beast Belle's magical world so bad it is so bad.

Belle's Magical World is one of the worst animated films of all time. - PeeledBanana

Sequels should not exist

12 They Don’t Make CGI Films

Disney has Pixar.

Examples: All Pixar films, Dinosaur, Chicken Little, Meet the Robinsons, Bolt, Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph 1 and 2, Frozen 1 and 2, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, Moana, etc.

13 The Way They Show Magic Is Better

Yeah! Disney just puts a trail of sparkles behind things that are magical. That's it. - Silverfroststorm

Just observed the way how ponyo's sisters turn into fish. - SamuiNeko

Yes! Totally agree. Especially in Tales From Earthsea, magic isn’t glowing hair or ice coming magically from your hands, it’s something different. It’s socerers and sorceresses (? ) that have invisible magic (you can’t see it happening like Elsa or rapunzel.). This makes it so much more real than Disney, and it appeals more to teens than small children. Even how they do show magic in studio ghibli films like spirited away and Tales From Earthsea is beautiful in itself.

14 Darker Plots

Disney makes dark films like Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Black Caldron.

This is the key why I love his films.

15 More Classical
16 None of Studio Ghibli's Films Were Based on Fairy Tales, Novels, Books, Legends, and Myths

First of let me say that studio Ghibli is far superior compared to Disney, but Howl's moving castle is based of a book. BUT: It is an amazing story and studio Ghibli changed a lot of things to fit it's own magic.

I agree! All of Disney's movies are fairytales!

17 No Marvel and Star Wars Films

Disney just acquired FOX!

18 Underrated

Not a bad movie

19 More Independent Heroines
20 They Do Not Have Pop Culture References or Toilet Humor
21 Totoro is a Better Mascot Than Mickey Mouse

What type of animal is tortoro?

22 More Entertaining
23 More Interesting
24 Better Couples
25 Better Characters
26 No Forced Romance
27 More Memorable
28 Disney Movies are Overrated
29 Fewer Bad Movies

Yeah. Even those direct-to-DVD sequels.

For example: some direct-to-DVD/VHS sequels, Home on the Range, Chicken Little, Brother Bear, Cars 2, etc.

30 No Direct-to-Video Films


31 No Live-Action Remakes

Disney is making a live-action Kiki's Delivery Service film.

Disney makes live-action remakes to almost every single classic film!

32 Well Written
33 Likable Characters
34 Colorful
35 Made In Japan
36 Japanese Songs
37 More Likable
38 Less Lame
39 They Bring Back Memories
40 More Magical
41 They're More Exciting
42 Disney is for Young Kids
43 Characters Are More Realistic

So true, Disneys characters, especially the girls, always look perfect. Perfect hair, perfect skin, perfect body, perfect personality.

So fake. - Silverfroststorm

44 Far Less Teen Stereotypes

Yeah. Disney Channel does that too.

45 Studio Ghibli Doesn't Use Recycled Animation

FOF course, recycled animation is overused.

It’s animation is anime.

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3. Respect for Women
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3. Respect for Women


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