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*


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.

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