I was finally able to watch Porco Rosso, the only Hayao Miyazaki film under Studio Ghibli I have not watched when I made this list. For those of you who don’t know, Miyazaki is a superb Japanese animator. He’s like the Stephen Spielberg of animation. It was only last year when I learned about this man, but I have actually been exposed to his work earlier. You know Heidi (anak pawis sa kabundukan) and Lupin III, the Tagalized cartoons shown on ABS-CBN and GMA respectively? He worked on those cartoons.
I like all the animated films that Miyazaki has directed, but of course I have my favorites. I wanted to make a top 10 list, but I watched only 9 Miyazaki films, so I came up only with my top 5 favorites. Before I talk about them, here are the films that did not make my list. They are still worth watching though. I guarantee you.
|Hayao Miyazaki. (Image is from this site.)|
Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
Kiki is a witch who has to live away from her parents for a year. She finds a town where she can stay, and to make some money, she starts a delivery business. She uses her broom to fly and deliver things until one day she finds out that she can no longer fly. This movie is like Miyazaki’s version of a feel good movie.
|Kiki (Image is from this site.)|
Porco Rosso (1992)
|Porco. (Image is from this site).|
Porco is a pilot who becomes a pig due to a curse. He goes after seaplane pirates as a living. If you like aircrafts, you’ll definitely love this film. In 2012, Miyazaki will release a sequel to this film. I’m looking forward to it.
Spirited Away (2001)
|Chihiro. (Image is from this site.)|
Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
|The moving castle. (Image is from this site.)|
Now here are my top five faves (after the jump).
5 - Ponyo (2008)
|Ponyo and Sosuke. (Image is from this site.)|
4 - My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
|Totoro (the big one). He was in Toy Story 3. (Image is from this site.)|
3 - Princess Mononoke (1997)
San, a.k.a. Princess Mononoke, is a human raised by giant wolves. She protects the forest from people who want to destroy it. The film may be named after her, but the real hero here is Ashitaka, a lad who was cursed to have super strength that also makes him weaker each day. This film made me want to learn archery.
|San, Princess Mononoke. (Image is from this site.)|
2 - Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
|Nausicaä, one bad ass lass from the Valley of the Wind. (Image is from this site.)|
1 - Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986)
|Sheeta and Pazu. (Image is from this site.)|
Based on his films, I can conclude that Hayao Miyazaki is a tree hugging feminist who is also a frustrated pilot. :) In most (not all) of his works, protecting the environment is a common theme, many of the protagonists are women, and there is always something flying. I like him for those things. For me, he is the best animator around. His son is also an animator, by the way.