One angry old man against the world
I have just heard that Hayao Miyazaki is to retire from animation after the finish of the current film ‘The Wind Rises’, this will be a great loss to the world of animation. For those of you who have never heard of the man; he is the co-founder and driving force behind Studio Ghibli, the producer of such films as:
There may be others, but these are the one’s I have seen and I can recommend every last one as a treat and an education. Many have been ‘dubbed’ into English, but all are subtitled in English, so you wont miss any of the delightful storyline. If you have young kids, (start them on Totoro,) you can watch most of these with them and enjoy them as much as they do. They really are ‘works of Art’ come to life and the attention to detail is superb, even the backgrounds (something many animators neglect.) Almost everything is hand drawn, they only use computers for effects that are difficult to draw, like ‘rain and snow’.
The man has said before that he was retiring and has returned to ‘Studio Ghibli’, but the consensus this time seems to be that he means it, although he will still be involved in some ‘Manga’ and short films.
Pixar‘s John Lasseter, sees him as “the world’s greatest living animator” and the NET has so many tributes, you would think the man was dead. The one word that comes up consistently in descriptions of his work is; “beautiful”. Personally, I would call it ‘food for the soul’, images that stay with you forever.
See this site Den of Geek for a tribute by James Clayton who says what I would like to say, but does it with much greater elegance. -Spikey.