VIDEO: The legacy of Hayao Miyazaki

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Finally, the last video in Sofie’s Miyazaki March series, as she takes a bit of time to look both backwards and forwards at the legacy that director Hayao Miyazaki left the world, and what it actually means to the world of animation.

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Tag: Movie Dorkness: Miyazaki March

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  • $36060516

    Very heartfelt video. I enjoyed you taking us outside the apartment.

    The part about Studio Ghibli copying Miyazaki’s style reminded me of Marvel Comics in the beginning of their big period in the ’60s. The company explicitly told people to draw like Jack Kirby and many of their artists tried to do that to varying levels of success, going to the lengths of tracing entire panels from his comics to try to look more like him. Ironically, when Kirby went to DC after falling out with Marvel, when he started drawing the Jimmy Olsen comic, DC had their favorite artists redraw all of Kirby’s drawings of Superman in his comics so that his stuff would look like someone else.

    • Sofie Liv

      Thank you.

      Hehe, there might be some-thing about that. And it doesn’t look like Studio Ghibli are about to try some-thing new in regard to art style any-time soon.

      Oh well, it’s a very pleasent looking art style I like a lot, it has this round, soft pleasent feeling about it, as well as leaves room for a lot of interpretations and different shapes, so yeah.. it’s quite nice.

      Disney is kind of doing the same after-all, every-thing after the little mermaid, looks like the little mermaid.

      The few times they tried to deviate it wasn’t a success, so they headed right back to the little mermaid designs with… every-thing!

  • danbreunig

    So now we get to the kernel of the nut. I think this is the most detailed examination of an art history you’ve presented since your video about why we need fantasy.

    The setup you use here is well worthy of a series’ close. Instead of your usual silliness or rare excursions into seriousness, you’re somewhere in between. This is neither funny nor sad, but very sweet. Very appropriate, as much as the shot of the children playing in the courtyard down below. Lotsa heart.

    And *finally* I got my hands on a copy of My Neighbor Totoro. It’s a slight letdown that it’s only now I get to see for myself what everyone and their auntie has seen already, and where you left off with the Miyazaki experience I’m only now starting. Still, I’m sure it’ll make a pleasant experience, not to mention a decent act of contrition (yes, I remember).

    Very well produced series, Sofie, I’m really proud, as well as touched.

    • Sofie Liv

      Thank you very much, it was my privieliege to be able to do this.

      Hahaha! Better late than never my friend, better late than never.

      I’ll hopefully never turn into one of those pourits yelling.

      “You’re not a Truuuuue fan, cause you didn’t watch it back then, looooser!”

      No man, the more whom will share this exsperience with me, the better! It’s all great :)

  • I know the feeling of having someone who you’ve never met face-to-face, but has given you the spark or push that made (or will make, in my case) you into the brilliant artist you are today. that great inspiration. Thank You, Sofie. Thank You, Sensei. *bows, nearly losing his hat*

    • danbreunig

      I’m here today because of that very Sensei of ours, who’s indeed deserving of that word’s true meaning.

      • All those in favor of starting a Sofie Liv fan club, say ‘I’

        • And I call Club President.

          • danbreunig

            There may have already been plenty of others before us who called dibs on that, long before she came on board here. There were some Wampires (with the W because of the accent) a couple years ago during her Twilight reviews.

            As for this fan I’ve been one since she started at the Booth–actually I’m a fan of so many Boothers since they started their respective video series here, even been a fan of AB since the days of the long recaps about ten years ago. Those recaps seem like a distant memory now, although they’re kind of making a comeback, especially with potential new staff writers and video producers taking a stab at it–including Sensei Liv herself (thanks for the Ponies!).

            I’d be a club member certainly, and would even propose one for the Agony Anarchists collectively. Thus my thoughts before bedtime.

          • And here are mine, 1. I wonder what she’ll say when she sees this, and 2. Came for the Linkara crossover, stayed for the Sherlock Holmes cosplay.

          • Sofie Liv

            Oh man, now i’m touched just… touched.

            Don’t even know what to say.. thank you guys.. try not to cry.. I fail..

  • Wizkamridr

    I’m not a fan of his films. However, I do respect his talent. I’m more of a fan of the manga artist Shotaro Ishinomori (the father of Kamen Rider).