There are many great things about the films of Hayao Miyazaki. Just one of them is that if you happen to pause on seemingly any single frame, that image itself is a work of art.
Two years ago, Los Angeles art gallery iam8bit presented a great idea: an art show filled with work based on sequels that don’t actually exist. They called it SEQUEL—and now that show has its own sequel.
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.”
Andrew Michael Golden made it his mission to create photorealistic images of the odd and mystical characters from various Studio Ghibli films. I must say, Porco Rosso cuts a rather convincing-not to mention stately-figure. Over at his site, you can see Golden's attempts at Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Ponyo, and more.
In an interview with Japan's Cut Magazine, Hayao Miyazaki admitted that he's planning a sequel to his 1992 porcine sky ace film Porco Rosso, and that Studio Ghibli's future depends on the success of its next film, The Borrower Arrietty.
In 1989, Hayao Miyazaki penned and illustrated The Age of the Flying Boat, a manga that became the basis for his 1992 movie, Porco Rosso. This English translation from Animerica Magazine displays Miyazaki's flair for comics as well.
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.