Former Studio Ghibli international executive Steve Alpert reveals in his upcoming memoir that the animation studio was open to the public in the 1990s.
In the upcoming Sharing a House with the Never-Ending Man: 15 Years at Studio Ghibli, Alpert speaks on his time at the iconic Japanese animation studio, where he worked in the international division from 1996 to 2011. Throughout the book, he spills many anecdotes about being an executive under studio head Hayao Miyazaki.
One anecdote that sticks out is that, in the 1990s, anyone could walk in and watch Miyazaki work on whatever project he was doing at the time. “During the production of Princess Mononoke, I once watched astonished as two local junior high school girls in their school uniforms walked upstairs and interrupted Miyazaki to have their picture taken with him,” he writes.Continue Scrolling To Keep ReadingClick the button below to start this article in quick view.
“They made V for victory signs as they posed for the camera,” Alpert adds. “No one objected and they politely left with their mission accomplished.”
During his time at Studio Ghibli, Alpert was instrumental in brokering the distribution deal between the studio and the Walt Disney Company. This allowed Studio Ghibli classics like Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away to reach western audiences, earning them international acclaim.
Sharing a House with the Never-Ending Man: 15 Years at Studio Ghibli arrives in stores on June 16.