No more 'One Man Show'
|Ghibli's "Big Three": Hayao Miyazaki, Toshio Suzuki and Isao Takahata.|
Better and faster licensing/distribution deals
Japan has the joy of enjoying a new Ghibli film almost every summer, but the rest of the world needs to wait a frustrating amount of time until the film reaches them. In a modern world where almost every film gets released simultaneously (or very close to its original release date) all around the globe, it works against the studio that most of the world has to wait an insane amount of time to see their films. After all, a subtitled/dubbed version of the film can be done rather quickly, so it's not too far fetched for a Ghibli film to arrive quicker to the rest of the world. Also, they need to improve their licensing deals with worldwide distributors. While Disney introduced Ghibli to the western hemisphere, in recent years they've being doing a pretty poor job distributing these films both theatrically and on home video. They ultimately dropped their distribution deal, which passed onto GKIDS, but in terms of home media, they are very slow and show no signs of improving. I think Ghibli needs better distribution deals, where the distributors can release their films with an appropriate marketing campaign and with release dates closer to the Japanese one. Also, they need to broaden their licensing deals to other parts of the world, like Latin America. I live in Ecuador and there's no distribution whatsoever for Ghibli films. The only way to see their films is through bootlegged copies (I don't condone piracy but when there's no other way, what can you do?). It's imperative for the studio to build a worldwide brand as recognizable as Pixar or Disney if they want their films to succeed outside of their homeland.
Make the audience care