The thought-provoking, aesthetically pleasing animated films of Hayao Miyazaki attract audiences well beyond the director's native Japan. Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away were critically acclaimed upon U.S. release, and the earlier My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service have found popularity with Americans on DVD. This critical study of Miyazaki's work begins with an analysis of the visual conventions of manga, Japanese comic books, and anime; an overview of Japanese animated films; and a consideration of the techniques deployed by both traditional cell and computer animation. This section also details Miyazaki's early forays into comic books and animation, and his output prior to his founding of Studio Ghibli. Part Two concentrates on the Studio Ghibli era, outlining the company's development and analyzing the director's productions between 1984 and 2004, including Castle in the Sky , My Neighbor Totoro and his newest film, Howl's Moving Castle . The second section also discusses other productions involving Studio Ghibli, including Grave of the Fireflies and The Cat Returns . Appendices supply additional information about Studio Ghibli's merchandise production, Miyazaki's global fan base, and the output of other Ghibli directors.
McFarland and Company
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15 March 2006
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Preface Introduction 1. The Frame of Reference 2. The Early Years 3. The Ghibli Era: A Brief History of Studio Ghibli 4. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind 5. Laputa: Castle in the Sky 6. My Neighbor Totoro 7. Grave of the Fireflies 8. Kiki's Delivery Service 9. Studio Ghibli, 1990-1991 10. Porco Rosso 11. Studio Ghibli, 1992-1994 12. On Your Mark 13. Whisper of the Heart 14. Princess Mononoke 15. Studio Ghibli, 1999-2001 16. Spirited Away 17. Studio Ghibli, 2002-2003 18. Howl's Moving Castle Postscript: French Connections-The Miyazaki/Moebius Exhibition Epilogue Filmography Appendix 1: Ancillary Products and Media Synergy Appendix 2: Fans and Their Worlds Chapter Notes Bibliography Index
Reviews for The Anime Art of Hayao Miyazaki
Highly recommended. -Choice Excellent. -Midwest Book Review Spares no expense to showcase some of the very best of the body of work from the master of anime, Hayao Miyazaki...excellent book...worthy addition...one of the most in-depth yet. -Anime.com.