Miyazaki's Animation: Gifts for the Art Major in Us All
First let me say that I have dedicated this site to my daughter. She is the one that first discovered Miyazaki and his wonderful drawings and animation.
To know that someone would dedicate so much of their own time and bring a story to life one frame at a time. I still like the old cartoons here in the states for that same reason. I still find it amazing that someone would still do this. I recently saw a special on modern cartoons. They were talking about having it computer generated. And somehow that is just not the same. I do agree that somethings can go faster with machines and computers. But animation, like this, is not one of them.
My daughter also informed me that this gentleman and artist will be retiring soon. Knowing what he has done this far he more than deserves this. Knowing what he has done even I, the non-artist that I am will miss what he does.
There are many of his movies that could hold the # 1 spot. But in my mind or should I say at the top of my list is Spirited Away. I have to be honest for me I don't believe in where this move is set. Sort of an afterlife scenario. The story and animation far outweigh my one disagreement.
That's right world I am actually saying I like this move. Just watching the animation and how the pictures flow together. Seeing how the story line works together to bring everything from beginning to end. I sometimes wonder if it took longer to write this story or to animate it.
Watching the young girl as she grows up over a short period of time. Not so much because she has to but because she wants to. Seeing what she is willing to go through to help not only her and her parents but so many others. That's right its the one person can make a difference. In in the move one person or one little girl is willing to reach out and help others. At some points there are those that wonder why. But in the end they understand. She is willing to help out not just herself and her family but all those that are around here.
Its the willingness to help others that moves Spirited Away to the top of my list. Yes that's the list of Miyazaki movies.
And a final note on Miyazaki's movies – The voice overs. For us its fun to see if we can identify the voice actors that are doing the English voices. This is true for all his animated work not just Spirited Away.
Spirited Away - The Trailer
Here are some others that my daughter has added to her collection
In my opinion, this is the most viewed movie. Its interesting how I can name the artist and have blank stares coming back at me. But the moment I say Totoro the lights go on. In fact I think that this was the first of the Miyazaki movies that my daughter laid her hands on. For me the hard part is remembering to use the whole title “My Neighbor Totoro”. And not just Totoro. They are in two different sections in the library video section. I also know that it is popular as this video replaced at least three times at our local branch. To be honest my favorite character in this movie is not Totoro but the large feline. Yes the feline that is sort of a bus. Good for getting around in. There are so many things in this movie that could be, brought up. The most interesting thing to me is the fact that I can mute the move and never loose interest in it. The art work is that good that it keeps my interest. And just ask my daughter, that's saying something.
My Neighbor Totoro - The trailer
For our family the term is you are a lake baby. Most of us were grew up on large bodies of water. Somehow this movie fits into that background. To know that most of this is in an ocean setting doesn't change a thing. To see the different ways the art work plays in. My favorite is when the creation of the typhoon. Its not just the large waves but the large fish. That's right the waves themselves are large fish. Seeing them as they make the large ship look small as they crash around it. Going through the movie tied water throughout. For you see there is also a boat that travels on a river. Again another memory for the lake babies. Watching as the animation continues to bring the water to life.
The trailer of Ponyo
Of all the films shared, this is the only one that my daughter does not own. Yet. To be honest I found it at our local library. Over Christmas I was able to share it with her. She watched it twice in a row. Not much sleep that evening. That's here not me. She was happy to see one of Miyazaki's movies that was more in truth then in fantasy. There was an actual story line that did not consist of strange creatures. A story line that could have actually happened. She was able to enjoy the move. And then break down its creation on the second viewing.
In this video you will see how two deceased seaman’s children could become friends. And then learn about their fathers. And what they would do to help each other. Then how the two children work together to save a building. And then to build a relationship. Their willingness to keep going. They learned that their fathers were close in life. And then brought them together even after they had passed.
And last but not lease the trailer of From Up on Poppy Hill