Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation

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Artist-writer-director-producer Hayao Miyazaki is often called "the Walt Disney of Japan." His animated theatrical features have been smash hits in Japan, and many, including My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service, are already familiar to American audiences. Now, with Disney-Miramax's imminent release of Princess Mononoke,, Miyazaki's masterwork and one of the top-grossing film in all Japanese history, this "animation master" is about to take America and the world by ...

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Overview

Artist-writer-director-producer Hayao Miyazaki is often called "the Walt Disney of Japan." His animated theatrical features have been smash hits in Japan, and many, including My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service, are already familiar to American audiences. Now, with Disney-Miramax's imminent release of Princess Mononoke,, Miyazaki's masterwork and one of the top-grossing film in all Japanese history, this "animation master" is about to take America and the world by storm.

Mixing first-hand interview and personal insights with critical evaluations of art, plot, production qualities, and literary themes, McCarthy provides a film-by-film appraisal that examines technique as well as message. She reveals Miyazaki to be not just a master of the art of animation, but a meticulous craftsman who sees his work as a medium for shaping the humanistic and environmental concerns of our times.

An overview of the artist and his early career is followed by in-depth examinations of seven major Miyazaki films: Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind, Laputa: Castle in the Sky, Castle of Cagliostro, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Porco Rosso, and Princess Mononoke. Included are design and technical data, story synopses and character sketches, personnel and filmography data, and critical evaluation. Illustrations throughout, in color and black and white, show the detail and vigor of Miyazaki's art.

Written for anime fans as well as students of film, literature, and popular culture, McCarthy's book raises animation criticism to a whole new level and is an essential guide to the work of a world-class filmmaker.

London-based Helen McCarthy is author of Anime! A Beginner's Guide to Japanese Animation, The Anime Movie Guide, and (with Jonathan Clements) The Erotic Anime Movie Guide. She appears frequently on radio and TV and at conferences around the world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781880656419
  • Publisher: Stone Bridge Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Helen McCarthy is the former editor of Anime UK and Manga Mania magazines, and the author of The Anime Movie Guide and Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation. She has been awarded the Japan Festival Award for outstanding contributions to the understanding of Japanese culture.

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Table of Contents

PREFACE
NOTE TO READERS
HAYAO MIYAZAKI: Life and Work
Early Years
Into Animation
A Basic Guide: Animation Techniques
Movies and Manga
Under Pressure
Future Perfect? CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO: The Princess and the Thief
NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WINDS: Princess Messiah
CASTLE IN THE SKY: Flight to Adventure
MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO: The Beauty of Simplicity
KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE: The Quest for Confidence
PORCO ROSSO: The Princess and the Pig
PRINCESS MONONOKE: The Nature of Love
THE MIYAZAKI MACHINE: More Than Just Movies
FILMOGRAPHY AND SELECTED MANGA
NOTES
BIBLIOGRAPHY

Attention all otakus! Check out other great anime books from Stone Bridge Press, including Fred Schodt's classic DREAMLAND JAPAN: WRITINGS ON MODERN MANGA, Ryan Omega's ANIME TRIVIA QUIZBOOKS, EPISODES 1 & 2, and Gilles Poitras's THE ANIME COMPANION: WHAT'S JAPANESE IN JAPANESE ANIMATION and ANIME ESSENTIALS.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2007

    the number one bibliography on hayao miyazaki ever!!

    i loved this boook. it really good and helped me soo much on my language arts project

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2003

    Mononoke Hime

    This book is great,but the movie is better! Miyazaki's graet, to bad he retired

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2003

    Miyazaki is a genius!

    This is the best thing on the shelves at my local book store. A book about the world's greatest living artistic genius! What could be better? This was the main source for my school research project on Hayao Miyazaki. I got an A, by the way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2002

    HAYAO MIYAZAKI IS THE BEST!!!

    Hayao Miyazaki is THE BEST person ever to work in the Japanese animation industry. I can't wait for his next works to come out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2001

    This book is great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I had to write a paper on Hayao Miyazaki for my history class and this book really helped me out a lot.

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