Hayao ko nga!

I can't believe I've never seen a Hayao Miyazaki animated film. Reading about his works is exhilarating but not enough since I haven't actually seen them. I guess I'm still in love with traditional animation even in this era of CG and Pixar. As the favorite quote of mass communication students goes, "The medium is the message." Cel animation could only be done with love, and appreciated with love. Cel animation is love.

Some say Miyazaki is the Japanese Walt Disney. I don't think so. Miyazaki deserves to be called his own. Miyazaki is Miyazaki. It's another kind of story telling, the kind that goes against the norms. His characters are gray, pointing out the good in the supposed villains, making the the good and the bad live together. He also advocates environmentalism and features anti-war themes. A former Marxist, he says "I stopped seeing things by class, as it's a lie that one is right just because he/she is a laborer."

Some stills:

My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

Princess Mononoke (1997)

Spirited Away (2001)

photo credit: Yahoo! Movies
quote: Nausicaa.net