List of the best Studio Ghibli, ranked by fans and casual critics. Founded in Toyko in 1985, Studio Ghibli is best known for anime feature films, many of which have received wide acclaim worldwide. Among their most notable works with a U.S. audience include Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle, Arrietty, and Ponyo. All of these animated movies were directed by Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, one of the founders of Studio Ghibli. Spirited Away won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film in 2003.