Welcome back to another Friday Friday, today I will be taking you to the world of animation, not just any animation, but the animation of the legendary Japanese film director, Hayao Miyazaki. As most of you know by now, I love other cultures and growing up I was infatuated with the Asian culture. I began watching anime when I was 5 years old and it is a huge part of my childhood, but Mr. Miyazaki’s movies hold a special place in my heart.
Hayao Miyazaki is an Academy Award winning film maker who is famous for movies like “Spirited Away”, “Princess Mononoke” and “My Neighbour Totoro.” His animation is one of a kind, he maintains his traditional animation by equally using hand drawing and digital animation and still be able to call it 2D. I love that Mr. Miyazaki is preserving the traditional animation style, which is my favorite. Hayao Miyazaki is also known for bringing in real life themes and issues in his movies such as anti-war, environmentalism and feminism. Howl’s Moving Castle presents the anti-war theme, Princess Mononoke presents feminism, the strong female heroine. In his movies, Miyazaki does not focus greatly on incorporating the traditional good vs evil concept. He introduces strong characters and introduces these themes that will bring depth to his story plots. It is very unique approach and this is what distinguishes Hayao Miyazaki from other animators. Before Miyazaki began his work in the film industry, his childhood dream was to be a manga artist. For those of you who do not know what is manga, manga is a Japanese comic book that’s read from left to right. Briefly, Miayazaki released some manga work, his first one was the manga interpretation of Puss In Boots. However, his popular manga work is Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, which was released from 1981 to 1994.
Sadly, Mr. Miyazaki announced his retirement on September 1, 2013, his final movie is called “The Wind Rises”. This final movie is about a man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II, the movie has a deep and serious plot. “The Wind Rises” will be released in North America on February 21, 2014, the movie has a star packed voice actors group such as Emily Blunt, Stanly Tucci, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Elijah Wood.
If you haven’t fallen in love with the magical movies of Hayao Miyazaki, then it is never too late to start now. You are never too old to watch Disney and Ghibli movies.
Now it is time to share with you my top 3 favorite Ghibli movies! If you enjoy watching Ghibli movies name one or your top 3 favorites.
1. Howl’s Moving Castle.
This is magical story is about 18 year old Sophie who became cursed by witch that turned her into a old woman. Sophie goes to hide at Howl’s Castle to attempt to find a way to break the spell, Howl is a young flamboyant wizard. As soon as the Sophie enters Howl’s castle she embarks on a long and interesting journey.
2. Spirited Away.
This beautiful enchanting story will leave you thinking about it for days! The story begins with Chihiro who rides along with her parents who come across a dark tunnel. Despite Chihiro’s bad vibes, her father insists to go through the tunnel. After her parents discover a feast and have some of the food, they turn into pigs. Frightened Chihiro realizes she is in another world with monsters and gods. Chihiro meets Haku, who tells her she must do three things in order to leave this land: 1) She must work, 2) Laziness is not tolerated and 3) She must change her name. If she forgets her real name she cannot go back home and save her parents. This movie is a masterpiece and no wonder it won an Academy Award.
3. Princess Mononoke.
This is an action packed fantasy/adventure movie set in the 14th century about a boy named Ashitaka who receives a deadly arm infection after fighting a wild boar in his village. Ashitaka leaves the village in the hopes of finding a cure by locating the deer-like god Shishigami. Along his journey his comes across a mining village who are in the middle of a war with the forest gods. While on his quest he meets San, Princess Mononoke who is raised by a wolf god. This movie is quite an adventure, if you love adventure animated movies, this one is for you.
I hope you enjoyed this post, let me know which movie you think of checking out and let me know in the comments box below which Ghibli movie is your favorite 🙂
See you soon.