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Hayao Miyazaki retires!

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devastated!

Princess Mononoke is my favourite animated film. I'd still rate it highly on my list of favourite films.

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The remaining directors at Studio Ghibli have a lot to live up to. Apart from the exceptional 'Grave of the Fireflies', I've never enjoyed (co-founder) Isao Takahata's work nearly as much as Miyazaki's.

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Enjoyed isn't a word I'd use about grave of the fireflies. More traumatised afterwards. Great film though!

I agree the other Ghibli films haven't been of the same standard.

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Enjoyed isn't a word I'd use about grave of the fireflies. More traumatised afterwards. Great film though!

It's a tough watch, but a superb piece of film-making.

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'Only Yesterday' was a bit dull (Miyazaki was only the producer on that, though) and I've only seen 'Ponyo' once, so I'll reserve judgement.

 

He leaves behind an amazing body of work - the ones I've seen and would recommend are:

  • The Castle of Cagliostro (pre-Ghibli and not his usual style, but fun)
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (bizarre eco-fable)
  • Castle in the Sky (amazing action sequences)
  • My Neighbor Totoro (bonkers but brilliant)
  • Kiki's Delivery Service (charming coming-of-age story)
  • Porco Rosso (underrated, but one of my favourites)
  • Whisper of the Heart (understated, but satisfying)
  • Princess Mononoke (another eco-fable, this time with added gore - lots of it)
  • Spirited Away (visually astounding)
  • The Cat Returns (fun, but not top-drawer)
  • Howl's Moving Castle (very good indeed)
  • Arrietty (Studio Ghibli's take on 'The Borrowers')

 

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In defence of Ponyo, whilst I'm not enamoured by it, my 5 year old thinks its one of the best films ever!

You've reminded me I haven't seen Whisper of the Heart. Must get hold of that! I love your description of Totoro!

Which is your favourite? I've already nailed my flag to the Princess Mononoke mast (ooeeer... she'd eat me alive though) but after that I'd go Spirited Away, Howls, and Nausicaa.

Honestly though.... so many awesome films.

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In defence of Ponyo, whilst I'm not enamoured by it, my 5 year old thinks its one of the best films ever!

You've reminded me I haven't seen Whisper of the Heart. Must get hold of that! I love your description of Totoro!

Which is your favourite? I've already nailed my flag to the Princess Mononoke mast (ooeeer... she'd eat me alive though) but after that I'd go Spirited Away, Howls, and Nausicaa.

Honestly though.... so many awesome films.

This is almost as bad as playing 'Desert island Discs'!

 

Perhaps, in no particular order, my top five would be:

  • Castle in the Sky
  • Porco Rosso
  • Spirited away
  • Princess Mononoke
  • My Neighbour Totoro

 

But, but, but... oh, where's the 'turmoil' emoticon?

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Porco Rosso, is as you say an underrated movie, although I've only watched that one once!

One of the great things about the list of all his work now I'm thinking about it, is the diversity of themes and topics, and even levels of seriousness in them. Miyazaki's retirement is a sad loss to animation.

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You've reminded me I haven't seen Whisper of the Heart. Must get hold of that! I love your description of Totoro!

It marks the initial appearance of Baron from 'The Cat returns' which was a sort of spinoff.

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