karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Cinema)
I just watched Laputa - Castle In The Sky, an older film ('87) but after Howl's Moving Castle and Spirited Away, it's my favourite. A big part of it is probably that it's very steampunky with its air fortresses, kites and other anachrotech and because the story and background aren't as terribly off-the-wall as usual.

*envies [livejournal.com profile] nekofairy666 and [livejournal.com profile] raggedy_man who get to see the Ghibli museum*
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Duftkaese)
I have no idea how many different character from different series/films are in this. It's incredibly well done...
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10 Aug 2006 05:22 pm
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Cinema)

As I'm currently catching up on Studio Ghibli, I watched My Neighbour Totoro last night and am suitably disturbed, especially by the catbus. *boggle* Those crazy Japanese...

Cool to see the sootballs which also appeared in Spirited Away.

Doing some online "research" last night, I discovered that Miyazaki had been involved in the animated series of Heidi (loosely based on the children's book by Johanna Spyri) which explains the similarities in drawing and character style. Was this shown in the UK or US as well? My German speaking friends will most likely remember this (mid-late 70s, with various reruns later, it's bound to be on one of the more obscure cable channels atm).
Various of those endless animated series from my childhood (Biene Maja, Sindbad) were done by the same studio (Nippon Animation) but apparently not with Miyazaki, although the drawing style is very similar. I therefore assume this is a studio thing which later influenced his personal style.

Princess Mononoke should be next, hopefully, but you can never be sure which one lovefilm will deliver.
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Cinema)
What a rush. It was beautiful, funny, silly, OTT, sad, disturbing, cringeworthy, cute, hillarious and moving (and possibly some more things, too).
There were fewer WTF? moments than in Spirited Away but still some very odd scenes (some bits reminiscent of the Final Fantasy games series).

I recommend it to anyone who likes anime, steampunk, victoriana, gadgets, weird and wonderful characters etc.

The one person on my friends list who definitely has to go and see this is [livejournal.com profile] zenmeisterin. The setting is very similar to Girl Genius (i.e. some pseudo-Eastern European country in Victorian times with steam-powered cars, airships and all the other paraphernalia.

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