The thought-provoking, aesthetically pleasing animated films of Hayao Miyazaki attract audiences well beyond the director’s native Japan. Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away were critically acclaimed upon U.S. release, and the earlier My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service have found popularity with Americans on DVD.
This critical study of Miyazaki’s work begins with an analysis of the visual conventions of manga, Japanese comic books, and animé; an overview of Japanese animated films; and a consideration of the techniques deployed by both traditional cel and computer animation. This section also details Miyazaki’s early forays into comic books and animation, and his output prior to his founding of Studio Ghibli. Part Two concentrates on the Studio Ghibli era, outlining the company’s development and analyzing the director’s productions between 1984 and 2004, including Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro and his newest film, Howl’s Moving Castle. The second section also discusses other productions involving Studio Ghibli, including Grave of the Fireflies and The Cat Returns. Appendices supply additional information about Studio Ghibli’s merchandise production, Miyazaki’s global fan base, and the output of other Ghibli directors.
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About the Author
Dani Cavallaro has written widely about literature, cultural theory, and anime. She lives in London.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
1. The Frame of Reference 15
2. The Early Years 29
3. The Ghibli Era: A Brief History of Studio Ghibli 40
4. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind 47
5. Laputa: Castle in the Sky 58
6. My Neighbor Totoro 68
7. Grave of the Fireflies 77
8. Kiki’s Delivery Service 81
9. Studio Ghibli, 1990–1991 91
10. Porco Rosso 96
11. Studio Ghibli, 1992–1994 104
12. On Your Mark 112
13. Whisper of the Heart 114
14. Princess Mononoke 120
15. Studio Ghibli, 1999–2001 131
16. Spirited Away 134
17. Studio Ghibli, 2002–2003 148
18. Howl's Moving Castle 157
Postscript: French ConnectionsThe Miyazaki/Moebius Exhibition 172
Appendix 1: Ancillary Products and Media Synergy 187
Appendix 2: Fans and Their Worlds 190
Chapter Notes 193
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love Hayao Miyazaki's films and when i saw this book I was so excited. This book is awsome and so is all of his films.
They sat in silence for a moment, when Chihiro suddenly asked: "Haku? Do you think I'm..... different?" Haku forced a smile. He had a feeling what she REALLY meant by 'different', and if ANYONE was harrassing HIS Chihiro, they would pay. "Of course. That's why everyone here likes you so much. You're a special girl." "Not *that* kind of different." Chihiro said, although she a hint of a smile on her face for a moment. "I mean, like.... an outcast?" Haku frowned. His suspicions had been confirmed. "Who said that?" He demanded. Chihiro shrugged. She kind of wished that she hadn't brought it up, now she sounded like a baby who couldn't take a little pestering. "Just... some girls. Karin and I try to avoid them, but they hate me. Just me, actually: I think they secretly wish Karin would hang out with them. She just says that they're jealous." She snuck a look at Haku, and to her surprise, he was giving her a "well duh" look. "Of course they're jealous." he said with total conviction, but Chihiro wasn't convinced. "What do I have that they could possibly be jealous of?" She asked. She did have ONE thought, but there was NO WAY she was saying it out loud. Then again, she didn't have to: Haku answered her within seconds. "You're smart, funny, clever, kind, brave, and pretty. What do they NOT have to be jealous of?" Chihiro blushed at Haku's answer, but she still replied: "They have loads of friends." "So do you." was Haku's reply. That IS true, Chihiro thought, and was about to change the subject when something unexpected for them both popped out of Chihiro's mouth: "Some of them have someone who loves them." Haku froze. Whattosaywhattosaywhattosay? Chihiro mental kicked herself. You IDIOT!!!, she thought. Now Haku thinks you're pathetic. But Haku quietly said one sentence that Chihiro wasn't expecting: "So do you."
I checked this book out to aid me in a research paper and found that some of the information is incorrect. Dates did not match up with my other sources (which were all consistent with each other) and in describing the process of cel art, Cavallaro contradicts herself and it is very hard to understand. I think with more time and better research this could've been an excellent work, but it is too poorly-edited to be taken seriously. The book I have recommended was written by Miyazaki himself and I feel would be a much more worthy read.