Hayao Miyazaki Essay

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Hayao Miyazaki has been described as "the best animation filmmaker in history," (Ebert, 2002). His tenure includes the lifetime achievement award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which Miyazaki can add to his Oscar for the acclaimed 2001-2002 film Spirited Away. Now in his seventies, Miyazaki has indicated a transition away from feature-length film projects toward lower-key ventures, even while his Tokyo-based company Studio Ghibli remains viable. However, there has been some indication that even Studio Ghibli may dismantle, raising important questions about the future of Japanese animation and Miyazaki's role in it. The primary reason why Studio Ghibli may be closing its doors is related to the changing nature of animated film in general. Miyazaki remains committed to the hand-drawn anime, but knows that "the era of pencil, paper and film is coming to an end," (cited by White, 2014). That may be true for Hollywood, but for Miyazaki himself, "he's not even close to done making anime," (Baseel, 2014). Miyazaki has stated, "I'm going to continue making anime until I die," a commitment that encapsulates his career (Baseel, 2014).

Born in Tokyo in 1941, Miyazaki started his career in the 1960s, drawing for films like "Gulliver's Travels Beyond the Moon." In the early 1970s, Miyazaki worked on a television series for Anne of Green Gables, as well as other Western stories like "Heidi: A Girl of the Alps." He has worked on animated shorts,...


In 1982, Miyazaki became more serious in his approach, and wrote Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, in 1982. In 1985, Miyazaki and fellow animator Isao Takahata founded Studio Ghibli. Studio Ghibili's first production was Castle in the Sky (1986).

The 1988 film My Neighbor Totoro is one of Miyazaki's most renowned feature length films and introduces viewers to prevalent themes in the director's work, such as strong female protagonists and the symbolism of flying. As Twemlow (2014) points out, "his protagonists are young but the themes decidedly adult: mortality, fear, loss, growing up, and the bond between humans and the natural world. My Neighbor Totoro was quickly followed by Kiki's Delivery Service, also featuring a female protagonist. In 1989 Miyazaki shifted gears to a more traditionally masculine motif with Porco Rosso, in which a porcine World War One flying ace turns into a bounty hunter. During the 1990s, Miyazaki's career expanded and the director became more prolific, and more renowned at home and abroad.

First, Miyazaki won the Japan Academy Prize for best picture with 1997's Princess Mononoke, kick starting the filmmaker's trajectory toward international fame.…

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Baseel, C. (2014). Hayao Miyazaki working on new project, says "I'm going to continue making anime until I die" Retrieved online: http://en.rocketnews24.com/2014/11/08/hayao-miyazaki-working-on-new-project-says-im-going-to-continue-making-anime-until-i-die/

Ebert, R. (2002). Hayao Miyazaki Interview. Retrieved online: http://www.rogerebert.com/interviews/hayao-miyazaki-interview

Twemlow, J. (2014). Consign Jurassic World to prehistory, give me Studio Ghibli films any day. The Guardian. Retrieved online: http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2014/dec/08/consign-jurassic-world-to-prehistory-give-me-studio-ghibli-films-any-day

White, J. (2014). Hayao Miyazaki addresses Studio Ghibli's future. Empire. Retrieved online: http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=42719

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