I know I’d seen Hayao Miyazaki’s 1988 film My Neighbor Totoro before I decided to rewatch it recently. I even remember whose DVD I borrowed, and where I watched it. But it wasn’t until 10 minutes into this rewatch that I realized I didn’t remember the film at all. All I remembered were some of its most iconic images.
It always happens. You buy something that you want to be absolutely perfect, just to find out it has have one big flaw. That flaw isn’t immediately noticeable but, once you do, it bugs you to no end. That’s what happens with “The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki.”
Just look at how it breathes. And listen to how it snores. And opens its mouth.
The black-and-white video game Limbo is already tricky enough with its looming spiders and ubiquitous death traps. But what if you also had to jump and push your way past the myriad creatures from Hayao Miyazaki's movies?
Grumpy Catbus is the somewhat more ornery cousin of the Catbus from My Neighbor Totoro. And no, it won't be taking Mei and Satsuki to the hospital to visit their sick mother.
To be fair, just because you might purchase this Cartoon Totoro Lycra Spandex Multicolor Zentai Suit — available from Milanoo for a mere $40 here —does not mean you're necessarily a sexual deviant. And Just because someone might purchase and wear this nightmare, that doesn't mean they also have little girls dressed…
If you're in a snowy region and looking for an alternative to building Frosty, you might try your hand at this Miyazaki-inspired Snowtoro. The woodland critters taking shelter in his belly are optional.
Hulk forgot umbrella. Hulk use leaf instead. Cap give Hulk shield. Hulk like little Cap man. Artist Vahnya (known as Samoubica on deviantART) injects some unexpected Avengers adorableness into our weekend with Hulk and Captain America taking over this scene from My Neighbor Totoro.
Poor Totoro. He goes to visit the city and gets caught in the rain. At least he remembered to bring an umbrella. Hopefully, he's enjoying the plopping of those raindrops overhead.
You're looking at the oeuvre of Studio Ghibli bigwig Hayao Miyazaki sculpted entirely out of plastic bricks. This fantastic tableau was built by Iain Heath for BrickCon 2010. Check out everything from Nausicaä to Princess Mononoke in Lego.
While many people appreciate Hayao Miyazaki's ability to craft great stories, few realize the strange genre mashups he has constructed. With his latest, Ponyo, still in theaters, it's time to recognize the genre innovation of this visionary animator.