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A picture of him at a ceremony.

Hayao Miyazaki


Radek Rymarz

Princess Mononoke(1997)

Introduction

I chose to write about this famous animator, Hayao Miyazaki, because he is not a household-know name, but in the world of animation, he is very important and he is an amazing, not well know person. He is called the Japanese Walt Disney, and plenty of famous animators believe that he is the greatest animator in history. He is so important, because he makes films with such quality, that it makes others rethink their decisions in animation. He is important because he adds real-life problems into his films, and shows the fragility of life, instead of just fighting. He is also important because he teaches little kids through his animations, which you could not tell easily, what to do in the world's bad situation(s).

Him in Tokyo, Japan.

Biography

Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan’s greatest animation directors, and he may be the best animation filmmaker in history.His wife’s name is: Akemi Ôta and she was born in October, 1965. He was born on January 5, 1941 in Tôkyô, Japan, is 5 feet and 4.5 inches tall, has two children, and his nickname is: “The Japanese Walt Disney”. He started his career in 1963 as an animator for the Toei Douga Studio. In 1971 he moved to the A Pro Studio where he met a longtime friend Isao Takahata. In 1973 he moved to Nippon Animation and was heavily involved with the World Masterpiece Theater TV animation series for 5 years. In 1978 he directed his first TV series, Future Boy Conan/Conan, The Boy In Future. He then in 1979 moved to Tôkyô Movie Shinsha to direct his first movie called: The Castle Of Cagliostro. In 1984 he released Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, based off of the manga he had started two years ago with thee same title. That success led to a new studio to be developed named studio Ghibli at which Hayao Miyazaki has since directed,  written, and produced many other films with Isao Takahata and recently with Toshio Suzuki. In 1997 he released Princess Mononoke which received the Japanese equivalent of an Academy Award. It was the highest-grossing domestic film in Japan’s history at the time of its release. Hayao Miyazaki has won 1 Oscar, 74 wins, and 44 nominations. His latest film is: Howl’s Moving Castle(2004). He stated that this was to be his last film, something that he has said plenty of times after the releases of previous movies. He has won the Honorary Academy Award and is the 2nd Japanese filmmaker to do so! He is not only a film director, but is also a: producer, screenwriter, animator, author, and manga artist. Even John Lasseter, one of the most successful animators in Hollywood, and plenty of other animators also agree to this, that Hayao Miyazaki may be the best animator in history. He and his partner Isao Takahata have worked at Studio Ghibli to provide great movies meant for 10 year olds, but which become ones that everyone finds fascinating. Their film: Princess Mononoke(1999) won the Berlin Film Festival and passed Titanic at the Japanese box office before opening in North America. Miyazaki only draws with his hand in 2d animation, and holds everyone at Studio Ghibli to the same standards. John Lasseter had to become a “human bulldozer” in order to get Miyazaki's films dubbed and released in North America. Miyazaki defines hand drawing as 2d and computer animation as 3d. Miyazaki stated that there can’t be constant action in films, and that there have to be gaps in movies because if there aren’t any, you will get numb from it, but by having breaks and times of emptiness you will be able to build up the tension to a wider dimension. Miyazaki planned to retire in 1999, but didn’t until 2004. He says that animation has become a large web of things, and that he is just a bit of it around the corner, and that is enough for him.  Some people call him the God of Anime, but he hates being called that. He lives a monastic life, and agrees to very few interviews. He says that subtitles and dubbing a film from another language is very distorted and that you will receive a distorted dialogue. He is also a pessimist, and he feels that we are going down a dark path, and that children are born into a bad time, but that filmmakers should try to tap into a soul-level and to make the world better for them, so in his films he adds in a large, random variety of characters. Miyazaki is also very fascinated with the shifting world.

Some great movies that he has directed(this is not all of them):

Princess Mononoke(1997)

Sprited Away(2001)

Howl's Moving Castle(2004)

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind(1984)

My Favorite: Totoro(the big one on the right of the picture) from: My Neighbor Totoro(1988)

Some amazing characters that he has created(my opinion):

My second favorite: San(human) from: Princess Mononoke (1997)

My third favorite: Kiki from:Kiki's Delivery Service(1989