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.
We’re just over halfway through 2017, but it feels like it’s already been an eternity, with a news cycle not dissimilar from eating endless apps at a TGI Friday’s in Hell. Against all odds, however, true love appears to be alive and well.
When you watch Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away for the first time, it’s easy to get lost in the movie’s breathtaking visuals and and sprawling plot. The movie’s music, though, is where you can really get a sense of the emotions that guide Chihiro as she journeys deeper into the spirit world.
According to some, newly released South Korean animated feature film Lost in the Moonlight appears very familiar.
The essence of a character’s appearance is their profile. Head, face, shoulders—all the parts that get sculpted in a bust—should work together to be instantly recognizable. Artist Tom Whalen has now brought the majesty of the pop culture bust into two dimensions with these super cool art prints.
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.”
Actors may be front and center but, sometimes, the location is the star of a movie. Hogwarts in Harry Potter, Bag End in Lord of the Rings, the firehouse in Ghostbusters, places like these have become as iconic — if not more so — than the movies they’re in.
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?
While the summer movie blockbuster shuffle may make you think that live-action is the only way to go for a spectacle, we beg to differ. There are plenty of animated movies that can compete with the summer movie fare (if not completely trump them). In celebration of all things animated, here's our list of cartoon and…
When it comes to wild things in the woods, Max has nothing on Princess Mononoke. In this sweet mashup by Justin Hillgrove, the various spirits and creatures from Studio Ghibli's films pay tribute to San, the wildest of them all.
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.
Japan's Nara Dreamland amusement park, which strongly resembles California's Disneyland, opened its doors in 1961 and shuttered them in 2006. Since then, this ghostly pastel fairground has grown to resemble the ethereal carnival in Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away.
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.