July 25, 2013 at 11:49 am #106257
Sorry KT. I took your thread idea.
I’m a huge fan of Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli films, ever since I was a kid.I would love to know what’s your favorite film of theirs and why.
Spirited Away will always have a special place in my heart. My favorite, if not, one of my favorite films of all time.July 30, 2013 at 11:46 pm #106259
Big question! Outside of Hayou Miyazaki, I haven’t generally been impressed with Ghibli’s film offerings, with the one exception being Takahata’s Grave of the Fireflies. But still, Miyazaki is the master and probably the greatest animator that has ever lived. And among his works, there is one that stands out the most: Spirited Away. If there is a movie that has a soul, this is it. I have no reservations in saying that it is the greatest animated film ever made, and one of the greatest films ever made.July 31, 2013 at 6:17 am #106260
My post from the poll:
I went into Princess Mononoke not knowing what to expect. I had enjoyed Spirited Away and seen it in the movie theater. But Mononoke utterly blew me away, right from the beginning, with the “gods and demons” narration that set the film within a mythic time period of Japanese history and epic music by Joe Hisaishi. I think Miyazaki is at the top of his game creatively, giving us the Kodama, the Forest Spirit, the boar god, and the fascinating Lady Eboshi. I’ve never seen another animated film that felt so epic in scope of its storytelling, when the lead character has to leave his home once he’s been tainted and sees Japan become modernized over the course of the film, very compelling.July 31, 2013 at 12:55 pm #106261
Mononoke-hime is epic in every sense of the word. The underlying message is effective without being preachy, and what can I say about the animation except that it’s top notch. What I love about Miyazaki films is the nitty-gritty details in the art/image that he instills his world in. It’s quite fascinating and awe inspiring. I’ve seen this and Spirited Away many times and both never failed to blow me away each and every time.July 31, 2013 at 3:04 pm #106262
They are simply fantastic movies. I think I like Ashitaka better than San as a protagonist, but boy is Spirited Away incredible, how it functions as an Alice in Wonderland story, immersing you into the entire world Miyazaki creates inside the bathhouse. One of the most poignant scenes (and totally not overwrought like a Disney movie) I’ve ever seen in an animated film is when San takes the train to the sixth station. It’s almost as if she has to pass through death to rescue her parents and Haku. The dragon flight from Zeniba’s house is also an amazing moment.July 31, 2013 at 5:20 pm #106263
Totally agree. The workings of the bathhouse is just so fascinating and mystical, I mean, it’s a bathhouse -_- and not to mention the famous stink spirit scene. When Chihiro pulled that “plug” out and garbage of the modern world just splurged out, the results were disgusting, yet so detailed. The designs in Yubaba’s and the baby’s rooms are so damn meticulous. It’s excellent.
I’m curious as to what your thoughts on Howl’s Moving Castle?July 31, 2013 at 7:15 pm #106264
I think Howl’s Moving Castle is beautifully animated, stunning in some sequences. I like the waltz score. But the story is just not compelling and I feel it doesn’t really go anywhere over the film. The plot is quite weak, in my opinion, as are the characters. And especially following Spirited Away, which is one of the strongest Ghibli movies. I see that one as the story of Chihiro’s transformation into Sen, and Mononoke as a parable of Japan’s modernization—both far exceeding most other animated movies. Howl’s falls short.
Two other thoughts:
– Grave of the Fireflies is another tremendous Ghibli film, and has gone to a place few other animated films have gone, if any. It is utterly devastating.
– I’m curious which Disney movies in particular people believe rival the best of Studio Ghibli. What are the best of Disney animation?