In Praise of the BFI Spirited Away book

Via: Good Reads Admittedly (and ashamedly), the Spirited Away book by Andrew Osmond published by the British Film Institute (BFI) sat in my cart on Amazon for quite literally years before I finally got around to buying it. I know, I know, but that’s just the way it happened. In any case, the wait was […]

Flixist Looks At Spirited Away But Neglects One Very Important Thing

Matthew Razak over at Flixist has a great in-depth look at Hayao Miyazaki’s seminal 2001 film, Spirited Away. That article is well worth a few minutes of your time as it discusses many aspects present in that film that are sadly lacking in many contemporary American productions. However, while Razak focuses a lot on the […]

Miyazaki’s Castle in the Sky Shatters Tweets Per Second Record

Snapshot from a larger infographic featured on Silicon Republic I saw this today and can’t help but be amazed. A ~26 year old movie managed to shatter the tweet per second record during a broadcast in Japan. Now you could say that it’s in its natural environment, but one can’t help but wonder how such […]

Hayao Miyazaki: His FIlms In His Own Words

Empire Magazine has a surprisingly insightful interview with Hayao Miyazaki which contains his own thoughts on his movies over the last 30 years or so. Well worth a read for choice quotes like this: Why did the lead character have to be female? Well, it doesn’t look truthful if the guy has power like that! […]

It’s Now 10 Years Since the World Was First Spirited Away

 Via: Inside Pulse Today marks ten whole years since Studio Ghibli first shared Spirited Away with the world. Thus far it is the only foreign film to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, which says a lot about it and its success with foreign audiences. Spirited Away is one of my favourite films […]

People I Respect: Hayao Miyazaki

This is the second in a series of posts in which I explain why I respect certain people in the animation industry and why you should do the same. Do you really need me to explain why I respect the greatest animation director alive today? How about a long and varied history of making animated […]

How Animators Should Be Managed

Via: According to Hayao Miyazaki: I am an animator. I feel like I’m the manager of a animation cinema factory. I am not an executive. I’m rather like a foreman, like the boss of a team of craftsmen. That is the spirit of how I work. And that’s the way it should be. Craftsmen […]

Hayao Miyazaki in The New Yorker

In 2005, Margaret Talbot wrote an article on the one and only Hayao Miyazaki for the The New Yorker magazine. It’s an excellent profile of perhaps the greatest animation director alive. It’s a bit lengthy, but you will be richly rewarded should you take the time to read it.

Link: Hayao Miyazaki and the future of animation by Alec Nevala-Lee

I just thought I’d share a link to a post by Alec Nevala-Lee who takes a look at Hayao Miyazaki and how his films are fundamentally different from anything put out by a regular studio and why he will be extremely difficult to replace. It’s well worth a read.

Happy Birthday to Mr. Miyazaki!

Via: Woops, I almost forgot about this in my quest for tomorrow’s topic, but today is the birthday of the one and only Hayao Miyazaki, whose now 70 years young! All I can say is that I love this guy’s films. After catching a few on Cartoon Network some years back, it was love […]