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Watch Studio Ghibli characters join the real world in new video

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The beauty of Ghibli in the real world

Studio Ghibli is known for its stunning animation and the dreamscape worlds it creates for its films. A new video now reimagines the various characters and contraptions from some of the studio’s most notable films in the real world.

Created by a filmmaker who goes by Kojer on YouTube, "Studio Ghibli in Real Life" does exactly what its title suggests, ripping characters from their fictional worlds and placing them in various places around the globe. There’s Ponyo darting across a body of water in South Korea, Spirited Away’s Chihiro Ogino standing on a train and many other moments that although mundane are almost touching in sincerity.

One of the characteristics that make Ghibli movies stand out from others is the time the studio takes to enjoy the quieter moments. There doesn’t need to be much action for a Ghibli movie to strike a chord, and this video captures that. In one scene, Porco Rosso is walking down a sidewalk just outside of a park, and although you can tell he’s an animated figure and the world is real, it doesn’t feel out of place.

Kojer also uploaded a behind-the-scenes video showcasing how the short was made and the editing process that brought it to life.

Ghibli has created 20 feature films in its studio and have won multiple awards, including Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards for Spirited Away. It’s currently working on bringing its anime series, Ronja the Robber’s Daughter, to Amazon Prime next year.