May 11, 2016 at 7:38PM
Hayao Miyazaki: Animation's Master Storyteller & Craftsman
Despite the unrivalled imperialism of Disney Animation and the technological innovation of Pixar, despite the artistic success of films like Up and the commercial triumph of giants like Frozen, animated cinema generally garners less respect than live action films.
Perhaps it is the connection with children’s cinema or the dominance of Hollywood productions on the animated film market. Perhaps we are put off animation by the legacy of conservative, hetero-normative and even racist early Disney films, or by the tackiness of blended live action/CGI productions like Avatar, which tend to rely on impressive graphics to make up for a lack of original narrative.
However, no matter what viewers’ reservations about the animated film format may be, they simply do not apply to the cinema of Hayao Miyazaki.
The co-founder of Japanese cartoon powerhouse Studio Ghibli, along with Isao Takahata, Hayao Miyazaki is responsible for creating some of the most artful, profound and original animated films of all time. Above all, Hayao Miyazaki is skilled at striking the perfect balance in his films. In titles like The Secret World of Arrietty and My Neighour Totoro, fairytales that charm children meld with poignant stories that appeal to adults.
Films like Spirited Away and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind combine human struggles with fantastical creatures, adding just the slightest dash of horror to the mix. Masterpieces like My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaä and Howl’s Moving Castle are iconic for their imagery, but do not simply rely on visuals, and feature complex and original stories. In a way that few other animated (or indeed, any) films manage, Hayao Miyazaki’s whimsical cinema treads a fine line between different audiences, different genres and different worlds.
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