Anime's most beloved director, Hayao Miyazaki celebrates his 74th birthday today, January 5th, 2015. After graduating from Gakushuin in 1963 with degrees in political science and economics, he began working as an animator at Toei in April of that year. This year, this is an excellent way to appreciate the culmination of five amazing decades of work. More after the jump.
Anime legend Hayao Miyazaki isn't one to mince words and like the ones calling the iPad a disgusting machine controlled with obscene gestures aren't just some late career, old age fit of pique. Read his early career Starting Point essays, watch final work in The Kingdom of Dreams an Madness documentary, and it's clear that Miyazaki's always been cutting with his opinions. See what he had to say about otaku after the jump.
This weekend, Japan's NTV Friday Road Show celebrated Hayao Miyazaki's honorary Oscar with a presentation of his Oscar award winning Spirited Away. These broadcasts have a history of prompting social media responses, famously including breaking a Twitter record with Castle in the Sky's "Balse" spell. Plenty of fans chimed in to the latest, including notables like shoujo manga artist Arina Tanemura.
North American distributor GKids has posted their trailer for The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, a documentary looking inside Studio Ghibli receiving critical praise for its multi-dimensional portrayal of Hayao Miyazaki. After a New York theatrical premiere on November 29th, it will be available digitally December 9th, then DVD and video on demand January 27th. Get a look after the jump.
Last weekend, revered anime director Hayao Miyazaki joined actress Maureen O’Hara, screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere and Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award winner Harry Belafonte in a private Governors Awards ceremony to receive his honorary Oscar. Though this was not televised, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has posted the video of Miyazaki receiving his award along with Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter introducing him.
How many times have you seen characters dining on delicious meals in a Studio Ghibli film? A middle school in Mishima, Japan decided to begin serving special school lunches inspired by classic films such as Porco Rosso, My Neighbor Totoro, and more. Hit the jump to make your mouth water!