Hayao Miyazaki was born in Tokyo, 1941.  Miyazaki was very much interested in Tetsuji Fukushima’s manga (Comic strips) as a child growing up.  He enjoyed going to the movie theater with his father as a young teenager.  And by the time he was in high school he had mastered the art of painting.  Miyazaki found great inspiration after watching the first color animation film called Hakujaden.  This would be a leading force in his future in creating anime.  Miyazaki attended the University of Gakushuin and graduated with a degree in economics in 1963.

Hayao Miyazaki is known for being a famous animator, film producer and director.  Most of his films are well-known and famous in Japan.  Miyazaki has received many awards, such as: The Saturn Award, Fantasy and Horror awards in the U.S., The Golden Bear Award in German, Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film, Silver Scream Award from Amsterdam, and a number of others.  His films are mostly based on ecological and societal problems.  The films are also aimed at an audience of younger children and always carry an important lesson for the viewer.  Miyazaki states, “I must create animation movies by which children feel happy with their birth and life they are leading.  This is the most important motivation as a professional animation director, and nothing more.” 

In the near future we will be blogging on Miyazaki’s films.  Here is just a sneak peek at some of the films to come! They are the following: Nausicca of the Valley of the Wind, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and The Story of Yanagawa Horiwari.

(Posted by: Lindsey Pifher)

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