There is no question Hayao Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli have had a tremendous impact on the world of animation, not only for Japan, but for the rest of the world (and we've now got an amazing collection on Blu-Ray). His films have touched many, and in this beautiful tribute created by dono, they come to life like never before:
Tribute to Hayao Miyazaki
Music by Joe Hisaishi
Made with Blender, Gimp, Octane and Natron.
Thanks to Blackschmoll, Boby, Christophe, Clouclou, Cremuss, David, Félicia, Frenchman, Sozap, Stéphane, Virgil !
And Thanks to Ton Roosendaal, the Blender community, the developers of Blender, Gimp and Natron !
If you're not familiar with his work, here is a trailer made for a retrospective of his work:
Here's a look at his last feature, The Wind Rises:
And the film he won an Academy Award for, Spirited Away:
Though Miyazaki technically retired, he's announced a new project yet again, Kemushi no Boro, or Boro the Caterpillar, but this time it's not a feature film, but an animated short that will only play at the Studio Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo:
Miyazaki describes the short as "a story of a tiny, hairy caterpillar, so tiny that it may be easily squished between your fingers." It's a tale he's been planning for almost two decades -- the director first mentioned plans for the story prior to 1997's similarly nature-focused Princess Mononoke.
This project is notable not just because he's coming back from retirement again for a project, but because he has decided to make this film only in CG. That means for once he is completely foregoing traditional animation. He has used CG elements in his films before, but this is the first time that nothing will be traditionally animated.