2013

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Turner Classic Movies has been running a 9 film salute to Hayao Miyazaki on Thursdays. Two weeks ago "Spirited Away" and "Princess Mononoke" were shown. Last week was "Laputa: Castle in the Sky" and "Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind" (the latter I hadn't seen before.) Tonight showed "My Neighbor Totoro", "Porco Rosso" and "Whisper of the Heart". The latter two were new to me. Next week will be "Only Yesterday" and "Pom Poko", neither of which I've seen. Even better is that they're showing both the dubbed and subbed version on the same night. I wish I'd seen these movies when I was a kid. They're so much more interesting and fun than "classic" Disney movies.
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I LOVED "Spirited Away" and "Princess Mononoke" OH WOW

and stuff. ;)
I hadn't heard of the others. =/

He's really good at making little girls annoying, yet captivating at the same time. ;P
Dad got me a whole box of about 20 Ghibli movies. My Mononoke Hime disc is sick though, so I couldn't watch that. Haven't gotten around to Laputa yet. Watched Nausicaa the other day. ADORE Totoro (giant hamster moment!). Only Yesterday is good, though it is a bit sappier than my general line of things. On the other hand, Hayao Miyazaki is both a feminist and an environmentalist, so it's just great to have his shows featuring strong women and clear green-like messages.

In fact, I was just watching Kiki's Delivery Service the other day and really wishing I grew up on these kinds of films too. The characters don't need princes to save them, they're all strong and well-formed children, and there is a definite respect for individuality and the greater world.
I should probably add Only Yesterday isn't exactly a Miyazaki movie, as it was directed by someone else (and based on a novel). The credits do list him as Executive Producer though.