Hayao Miyazaki

Birthday: Jan 5, 1941
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Hayao Miyazaki is regarded as one of the greatest creators of animated films, and his work certainly stands as some of the best the genre has to offer. Miyazaki began as a low-level animator for children's cartoons such as Gulliver's Space Travels, eventually becoming director and key animator on many films and series, including Future Boy Conan and The Castle of Cagliostro. He frequently collaborated with Isao Takahata, director of Grave of the Fireflies. Miyazaki and Takahata co-founded Ghibli Films, a name that would become synonymous with quality. Miyazaki's works with Ghibli contained more of his own personal vision. Beginning with Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, his films took on a softer touch and often included the adventures of young girls. Nausicaa, and others including Kiki's Delivery Service, The Crimson Pig, and My Neighbor Totoro, contain elements of fantasy and often reveal humanist, ecological themes. Because of the high quality of his animation and his positive messages, Miyazaki's films were among eight from the Ghibli studio that were acquired for U.S. distribution by Disney; this includes Nausicaa, as well as Kiki's Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, and others. Disney's agreement includes theatrical and video distribution, as well as voice dubbing using major American actors. Miyazaki once again stunned audiences worldwide with the release of Spirited Away in 2001. Acquired by Disney and released in the U.S. the following year, stateside audiences who had been enraptured by the adventures of Princess Mononoke once again found Miyazaki in top form with this tale of a young girl looking for a way back to reality after entering a mysterious parallel universe while visiting an abandoned amusement park. Winning the Oscar for Best Animated Feature at the 75th annual Academy Awards, despite recieving only a half-hearted stateside release by Disney, Spirited Away was quickly rushed back into theaters in the week following the Oscars to capitalize on its newfound status. His 2004 feature Howl's Moving Castle enjoyed a stateside release, as did his charming 2008 fantasy Ponyo, a film that recaptured the innocent child-like wonder of his earliest American successes. He wrote the screenplays for 2010's The Secret Life of Arrietty, as well as the 2011 project From Up on Poppy Hill that was directed by Miyazaki's son.

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100% Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki Actor 2018
92% The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness Actor 2014
88% The Wind Rises Director Screenwriter 2014
85% From Up On Poppy Hill Screenwriter 2013
95% The Secret World of Arrietty Executive Producer Screenwriter 2012
No Score Yet Panda Petit Panda Screenwriter 2010
92% Ponyo Director Screenwriter 2009
87% Howl's Moving Castle Screenwriter Director Executive Producer 2005
No Score Yet Panda Go Panda Screenwriter 2003
97% Spirited Away Screenwriter 2002
90% The Cat Returns Executive Producer Producer 2002
No Score Yet Sherlock Hound: Case File 1 Director 2000
92% Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) Director Screenwriter 1999
No Score Yet On Your Mark Director 1995
94% Porco Rosso (Kurenai no buta) Director 1992
100% Only Yesterday Producer Executive Producer 1991
97% Kiki's Delivery Service Producer Director Screenwriter 1989
95% Castle in the Sky Screenwriter Director 1989
94% My Neighbor Totoro Director Screenwriter 1988
87% Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Kaze no tani no Naushika) Director 1985
No Score Yet Sherlock Hound Director 1984
92% Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (Rupan sansei: Kariosutoro no shiro) Director Screenwriter 1979
No Score Yet Future Boy Conan (Mirai shônen Konan) Director

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