Hayao Miyazaki – by Eric

Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese director, producer, screenwriter, anime artist and co-founder of Studio Ghibli. He obtained international credit as a skilful storyteller and is regarded as one of the greatest Japanese animators.

Born in Tokyo, January 5th 1941, Miyazaki loved animation from an early age. His career started in 1963 and he was subsequently involved in many Japanese animation classics.

Miyazaki earned attention for his outstanding drawing ability and seemingly endless ideas. In 1971, he worked at A Pro studio, then Nippon Animation, where he stayed for the next five years. In 1978, he directed his first series, Future Boy Conan (1978) , then his first movie, The Castle of Cagliostro, in 1979.

In 1984, he directed NausicaƤ, based on the comic. The film’s success led to the creation of Studio Ghibli, where films enjoyed critical and box office success. Princess Mononoke (1997) received the Japanese equivalent of the Academy Award for Best Film, becoming the highest-grossing film in Japan’s history at that time.

Miyazaki also draws manga, his major work being NausicaƤ (1982-1984), a magical and moral tale. Another of his manga stories, Hikoutei Jidai, evolved into the film Porco Rosso.

Miyazaki’s last film was Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) but hopefully new additions to his captivating portfolio will appear as I think he is one of the most influential characters in animation, creating a magical aura with his films.

2 Responses to “Hayao Miyazaki – by Eric”

  1.   Mr Alderdice Says:

    Great work, Eric. I’ve seen Howl’s Moving Castle and I think we might have the book on our class bookshelf. My favourite studio Ghibli film is Spirited Away.

  2.   Erin B 6b Says:

    that was such a good biography i thought it was by and adult.

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