Miyazaki at the 2008 Venice Film Festival
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Bunkyō, Tokyo, Japan
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Hayao Miyazaki[needs IPA] (宮崎 駿 Miyazaki Hayao?, born January 5, 1941) is a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author, and manga artist. Through a career that has spanned five decades, Miyazaki has attained international acclaim as a masterful storyteller and as a maker of anime feature films and, along with Isao Takahata, co-founded Studio Ghibli, a film and animation studio. The success of Miyazaki's films has invited comparisons with American animator Walt Disney, and American directors Steven Spielberg and Orson Welles.
Born in Bunkyō, Tokyo, Miyazaki began his animation career in 1963, when he joined Toei Animation. From there, Miyazaki worked as an in-between artist for Gulliver's Travels Beyond the Moon, where he pitched ideas that eventually became the movie's ending. He continued to work in various roles in the animation industry until he directed his first feature film, Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro, released in 1979. After the success of his next film, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984), he co-founded Studio Ghibli, where he continued to produce many feature films. While Miyazaki's films have long enjoyed both commercial and critical success in Japan, he remained largely unknown to the West until Miramax Films released Princess Mononoke (1997). Princess Mononoke was briefly the highest-grossing film in Japan until it was eclipsed by another 1997 film, Titanic, and it became the first animated film to win Picture of the Year at the Japanese Academy Awards. Miyazaki's next film, Spirited Away (2001), topped Titanic’s sales at the Japanese box office, won Picture of the Year at the Japanese Academy Awards, and was the first anime film to win an American Academy Award.
Miyazaki's films often contain recurrent themes, like humanity's relationship with nature and technology, feminism, and the difficulty of maintaining a pacifist ethic. The protagonists of his films are often strong, independent girls or young women. While two of his films, The Castle of Cagliostro and Castle in the Sky, involve traditional villains, his other films like Nausicaä and Princess Mononoke present morally ambiguous antagonists with redeeming qualities. He co-wrote films The Secret World of Arrietty, released in July 2010 in Japan and February 2012 in the United States; and From Up on Poppy Hill released in July 2011 in Japan and March 2013 in the United States. Miyazaki's newest film The Wind Rises was released on July 20, 2013 and screened internationally in February 2014. Miyazaki announced on September 1, 2013 that this would be his final feature-length film. In November 2014, Miyazaki was awarded an Honorary Academy Award for his impact on animation and cinema. In 2002, American film critic Roger Ebert suggested that Miyazaki may be the best animation filmmaker in history, praising the depth and artistry of his films.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Animation career
- 3 Manga career
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Themes, influences and style
- 6 Early works (animation)
- 7 Manga works
- 8 Filmography
- 9 Accolades
- 10 Notes
- 11 References
- 12 Further reading
- 13 External links
Miyazaki was born in the town of Akebono-cho in Bunkyō, Tokyo, the second of four sons born to Katsuji Miyazaki. His father was director of Miyazaki Airplane, which made rudders for A6M Zero fighter planes during World War II. During the war, when Miyazaki was only three years old, the family evacuated to Utsunomiya and later to Kanuma in Tochigi Prefecture where the Miyazaki Airplane factory was located.[a] Miyazaki has said that his family was affluent and could live comfortably during the war because of his father and uncle's profitable work in the war industry but he has also noted that experiencing the night time firebombing raids on Utsunomiya, as a 4-and-a-half year old, in July 1945, left a lasting impression on him. During his May 22, 1988 lecture at the film festival in Nagoya he retold the account of his family's hasty retreat from the burning town, without providing a ride to other people in need of transportation, and he recalled how the fires had coloured the night sky as he looked back towards the city after they had fled to a safer distance.
In 1947, Miyazaki began school at Utsunomiya City elementary, completing the first through third grades before his family moved back to Suginami-ku, where he completed the fourth grade at Omiya Elementary School. For fifth grade, he went to the new Eifuku Elementary School. Miyazaki graduated from Eifuku and attended Omiya Junior High. During this time, Miyazaki's mother suffered from spinal tuberculosis and was bedridden from 1947 until 1955. She spent the first few years mostly in the hospital, but was eventually able to be nursed from home.[b] Miyazaki aspired to become a manga author from an early age. He read the illustrated stories in boys' magazines and acknowledges the influences of creative artists of the medium, such as Tetsuji Fukushima (福島鉄次?), Soji Yamakawa and Osamu Tezuka. It was as a result of Tezuka's influence that Miyazaki would later destroy much of his early work, believing it was "bad form" to copy Tezuka's style because it was hindering his own development as an artist.[c]
After graduating from Omiya Junior High, Miyazaki attended Toyotama High School. During his third year, Miyazaki's interest in animation was sparked by The Tale of the White Serpent. He "fell in love" with the movie's heroine and it left a strong impression on him. As Helen McCarthy put it; "He realized the folly of trying to succeed as manga writer by echoing what was fashionable, and decided to follow his true feelings in his work even if that might seem foolish."[d] His interest really began by the time he began to attend high school. He was determined to become some type of artist. His interests were mainly in anime and manga when the two were beginning to arise at the time.  To become an animator, with an independent style, Miyazaki had to learn to draw the human figure. After graduating from Toyotama, Miyazaki attended Gakushuin University and was a member of the university's "Children's Literature research club", the "closest thing to a comics club in those days". Miyazaki graduated from Gakushuin in 1963 with degrees in political science and economics.
Early career and Toei Animation
In April 1963, Miyazaki got a job at Toei Animation, working as an in-between artist on the theatrical feature anime Watchdog Bow Wow (Wanwan Chushingura) and the TV anime Wolf Boy Ken (Ōkamishōnen ken). He was a leader in a labor dispute soon after his arrival, becoming chief secretary of Toei's labor union in 1964.[e] He first gained recognition while working as an in-between artist on the Toei production Gulliver's Travels Beyond the Moon (Garibā no Uchuu Ryokō) in 1965. He found the original ending to the script unsatisfactory and pitched his own idea, which became the ending used in the finished film.
In 1968 Miyazaki played an important role as chief animator, concept artist, and scene designer on Hols: Prince of the Sun, a landmark animated film. Through the collaborative process adopted for the project he was able to contribute his ideas and work closely with his mentor, Animation Director Yasuo Ōtsuka, whose innovative approach to animation had a profound impact on Miyazaki's work. The film was directed by Isao Takahata, with whom he continued to collaborate for the remainder of his career. In Kimio Yabuki's Puss in Boots (1969), Miyazaki again provided key animation as well as designs, storyboards and story ideas for key scenes in the film, including the climactic chase scene. He also illustrated the manga, as a promotional Tie-in, for this production of Puss in Boots. Toei Animation produced two more sequels with the 'Puss in Boots' from this film, during the 1970s, and the character would ultimately become the studio's mascot, but Miyazaki wasn't involved with any of the sequels. Shortly thereafter, Miyazaki proposed scenes in the screenplay for Flying Phantom Ship, in which military tanks would roll into downtown Tokyo and cause mass hysteria, and was hired to storyboard and animate those scenes. In 1971, Miyazaki played a decisive role in developing structure, characters and designs for Hiroshi Ikeda's adaptation of Animal Treasure Island and the adaptation of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves by Hiroshi Shidara. Miyazaki also helped in the storyboarding and key animating of pivotal scenes in both films and made a promotional manga for Animal Treasure Island.
Miyazaki left Toei for A Pro in August 1971, where he co-directed 14 episodes of the first Lupin III series with Isao Takahata. That year the two also began pre-production on a Pippi Longstocking series and drew extensive story boards for it. However, after traveling to Sweden to conduct research for the film and meet the original author, Astrid Lindgren, permission was refused to complete the project, and it was canceled as a result.[f] In 1972 and 1973 Miyazaki conceived, wrote, designed and animated two Panda! Go, Panda! shorts which were directed by Takahata.
After their move to Zuiyo Eizo, in 1974, he worked as an animator on the World Masterpiece Theater with Takahata, which included their adaptation of the first part of Johanna Spyri's Heidi novel into the animated television series Heidi, Girl of the Alps. The company continued as Nippon Animation in 1975. Miyazaki also directed the television series Future Boy Conan (1978), an adaptation of the children's novel The Incredible Tide by Alexander Key. The main antagonist is the leader of the city-state of Industria who attempts to revive lost technology. The series also elaborates on the characters and events in the book, and is an early example of characterizations which recur throughout Miyazaki's later work: a girl who is in touch with nature, a warrior woman who appears menacing but is not an antagonist, and a boy who seems destined for the girl. The series also featured imaginative aircraft designs.
Breakthrough films and Spirited Away
Miyazaki left Nippon Animation in 1979 in the middle of the production of Anne of Green Gables and moved to the TMS Entertainment subsidiary Telecom Animation Film to direct his first feature anime film The Castle of Cagliostro (1979), a Lupin III adventure film. In 1981, a delegation of TMS animators, including Miyazaki, visited the Disney animation studio in the United States where they presented a clip from The Castle of Cagliostro. That clip deeply moved and strongly influenced a young Disney animator named John Lasseter, who would become one of Miyazaki's biggest fans, and after becoming a successful director at Pixar would use his own influence to expand awareness of Miyazaki's work among American audiences. During the early 1980s, Miyazaki also directed six episodes of Sherlock Hound, an Italian-Japanese co-production between TMS Entertainment and the television station RAI, which retold Sherlock Holmes tales using anthropomorphic animals. These episodes were first broadcast on TV in 1984–85. In Japan a short film based on the first two episodes had a theatrical release in March 1994.
Miyazaki's next film, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, released on March 11, 1984, is an adaption of his manga series of the same title. A science fiction adventure in which he introduces many of the recurring themes he would go on to explore throughout his career: a concern with ecology, human interaction with and impact on, the environment; a fascination with aircraft and flight; pacifism, including an anti-military streak; feminism; morally ambiguous characterizations, especially among villains; and love. Starring the voices of Sumi Shimamoto, Yōji Matsuda, Iemasa Kayumi, Gorō Naya and Yoshiko Sakakibara, this was the first film both written and directed by Miyazaki. The film and the manga have common roots in ideas Miyazaki mulled over in the early 1980s. Serialization of the manga began in the February 1982 issue of Tokuma Shoten's Animage magazine. The plot of the film corresponds roughly with the first 16 chapters of the manga. Miyazaki continued expanding the story over an additional decade after the release of the film. The successful cooperation on the creation of the manga and the film laid the foundation for other collaborative projects.[g]
In April 1984 the Nibariki office was started, in part, to manage copyrights. In June 1985, Miyazaki, Takahata and Tokuma Shoten chairman Yasuyoshi Tokuma founded the animation production company Studio Ghibli with funding from Tokuma Shoten. His first film with Ghibli, Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986) recounts the adventure of two orphans seeking a magical castle-island that floats in the sky; My Neighbor Totoro (Tonari no Totoro, 1988) tells of the adventure of two girls and their interaction with forest spirits; and Kiki's Delivery Service (1989), adapted from the 1985 novel of the same name by Eiko Kadono, tells the story of a small-town girl who leaves home to begin life as a witch in a big city. Miyazaki's fascination with flight is evident throughout these films, ranging from the ornithopters flown by pirates in Castle in the Sky, to the Totoro and the Cat Bus soaring through the air, and Kiki flying her broom.
In 1992, Miyazaki directed Porco Rosso, an adventure film set in the "Adriatic" during the 1920s. The film was a notable departure for Miyazaki, in that the main character was an adult man, an anti-fascist aviator transformed into an anthropomorphic pig. The film is about a titular bounty hunter, voiced by Shūichirō Moriyama, and an American soldier of fortune, voiced by Akio Ōtsuka. The film explores the tension between selfishness and duty. Porco Rosso was released on July 19, 1992. That August, Studio Ghibli set up its headquarters in Koganei, Tokyo.
In 1995, Miyazaki began work on Princess Mononoke. Starring Yuriko Ishida, Yōji Matsuda, Akihiro Miwa and Yūko Tanaka, the story is about a struggle between the animal spirits inhabiting the forest and the humans exploiting the forest for industry, culminating in an uneasy co-existence and boundary transcending relationships between the main characters. In Mononoke he revisits the ecological and political themes and continues his cinematic exploration of the transience of existence he began in Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. Both films have their roots in ideas and artwork he created in the late 1970s and early 1980s but Helen McCarthy notes that Miyazaki's vision has developed, "from the utopian visions of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind to the mature and kindly humanism of Princess Mononoke.".[h] The film was released on July 19, 1997 and was both a financial and critical success; it won the Japan Academy Prize for Best Picture. Yvonne Tasker notes, "Princess Mononoke marked a turning point in Miyazaki's career not merely because it broke Japanese box office records, but also because it, arguably, marked the emergence (through a distribution deal with Disney) into the global animation markets". Miyazaki went into semi-retirement after directing Princess Mononoke. In working on the film, Miyazaki redrew 80,000 of the film's frames himself. He also stated at one point that "Princess Mononoke" would be his last film. Tokuma Shoten merged with Studio Ghibli that June.
During this period of semi-retirement, Miyazaki spent time with the daughters of a friend. One of these friends would become his inspiration for Miyazaki's next film which would also become his biggest commercial success to date, Spirited Away. The film stars Rumi Hiiragi, Mari Natsuki and Miyu Irino, and is the story of a girl, forced to survive in a bizarre spirit world, who works in a bathhouse for spirits after her parents are turned into pigs by the sorceress who owns it. The film was released on July 2001 and grossed ¥30.4 billion (approximately $300 million) at the box office. Critically acclaimed, the film was considered one of the best films of the 2000s. It won a Japan Academy Prize, a Golden Bear award at the 2002 Berlin Film Festival, and an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. In his book, Otaku, Hiroki Azuma observed: "Between 2001 and 2007, Otaku forms and markets quite rapidly won social recognition in Japan.", and cites Miyazaki's win at the Academy Awards for Spirited Away among his examples.
In July 2004, Miyazaki completed production on Howl's Moving Castle, based on Diana Wynne Jones' 1986 fantasy novel of the same name. Miyazaki came out of retirement following the sudden departure of Mamoru Hosoda, the film's original director. The film premiered at the 2004 Venice International Film Festival and was later released on November 24, 2004, again to positive reviews. It won the Golden Osella award for animation technology, and received an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature.
In 2005, Miyazaki received a lifetime achievement award at the Venice Film Festival. On February 10, 2005, Studio Ghibli announced that it was ending its relationship with Tokuma Shoten. The studio moved its headquarters to Koganei, Tokyo, and acquired the copyrights of Miyazaki's works and business rights from Tokuma Shoten.
In 2006, Miyazaki's son Gorō Miyazaki completed his first film, Tales from Earthsea, starring Jun'ichi Okada and Bunta Sugawara and based on several stories by Ursula K. Le Guin. Hayao Miyazaki had long aspired to make an anime of this work and had repeatedly asked for permission from the author, Ursula K. Le Guin. However, he had been refused every time. Instead, Miyazaki produced Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and Shuna no tabi, (The Journey of Shuna) as substitutes (some of the ideas from Shuna no tabi were diverted to this movie). When Le Guin finally requested that Miyazaki produce an anime adaptation of her work, he refused, because he had lost the desire to do so. Le Guin remembers this differently: "In August 2005, Mr Toshio Suzuki of Studio Ghibli came with Mr Hayao Miyazaki to talk with me and my son (who controls the trust which owns the Earthsea copyrights). We had a pleasant visit in my house. It was explained to us that Mr Hayao wished to retire from film making, and that the family and the studio wanted Mr Hayao's son Goro, who had never made a film at all, to make this one. We were very disappointed, and also anxious, but we were given the impression, indeed assured, that the project would be always subject to Mr Hayao's approval. With this understanding, we made the agreement." Throughout the film's production, Gorō and his father were not speaking to each other, due to a dispute over whether or not Gorō was ready to direct. It was originally to be produced by Miyazaki, but he declined as he was already in the middle of producing Howl's Moving Castle. Ghibli decided to make Gorō, who had yet to head any animated films, the producer instead. Tales from Earthsea was released on July 29, 2006, to mixed reviews.
In 2006, Nausicaa.net reported Hayao Miyazaki's plans to direct another film, rumored to be set in Kobe. Among areas Miyazaki's team visited during pre-production were an old café run by an elderly couple, and the view of a city from high in the mountains. The exact location of these places was censored from Studio Ghibli's production diaries. The studio also announced that Miyazaki had begun creating storyboards for the film and that they were being produced in watercolor because the film would have an "unusual visual style." Studio Ghibli said the production time would be about 20 months, with release slated for Summer 2008.
In 2007, the film's title was publicly announced as Gake no ue no Ponyo, which was eventually retitled Ponyo for its international releases. The film stars Yuria Nara, Hiroki Doi, Tomoko Yamaguchi, Kazushige Nagashima, George Tokoro and Yūki Amami. Toshio Suzuki noted that "70 to 80% of the film takes place at sea. It will be a director's challenge on how they will express the sea and its waves with freehand drawing." Ponyo was released on July 19, 2008, to positive reviews and the film grossed $202 million worldwide.
Miyazaki later co-wrote the screenplay for Studio Ghibli's next film, The Secret World of Arrietty, based on Mary Norton's 1952 novel The Borrowers. The film was the directorial debut of Hiromasa Yonebayashi, a Ghibli animator. Starring Mirai Shida, Ryūnosuke Kamiki, Tomokazu Miura, Keiko Takeshita, Shinobu Otake and Kirin Kiki, the film focuses on a small family known as the Borrowers who must avoid detection when discovered by humans. The film was released on July 17, 2010, again to positive reviews, and grossed $145 million worldwide. In 2011, Miyazaki co-wrote From Up on Poppy Hill, based on the 1980 manga of the same name written by Tetsurō Sayama and illustrated by Chizuru Takahashi. The film stars Masami Nagasawa, Junichi Okada, Shunsuke Kazama and Teruyuki Kagawa. Set in Yokohama, the film's story focuses on Umi Matsuzaki, a high school student who is forced to fend for herself when her sailor father goes missing from the seaside town. The film was released on July 16, 2011, once again to positive reviews.
On December 13, 2012, Studio Ghibli announced that Miyazaki worked on his next film, The Wind Rises, based on his manga of the same name, with plans to simultaneously release it with Kaguya-hime no Monogatari. The film stars Hideaki Anno, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Masahiko Nishimura and Miori Takimoto. The Wind Rises tells the story of Jiro Horikoshi, designer of the Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter aircraft which served in World War II. The film was released on July 20, 2013 and was released in North America on February 21, 2014 by Touchstone Pictures.
On September 1, 2013, numerous Japanese television networks, including NHK, reported on the announcement, at the Venice Film Festival, by Ghibli President Koji Hoshino, that Miyazaki was retiring from creating feature-length animated films. Miyazaki confirmed his retirement during a press conference, in Tokyo, on September 6, 2013.
Miyazaki never abandoned his childhood dream of becoming a manga artist. His professional career in this medium begins in 1969 with the publication of his manga interpretation of Puss in Boots. Serialized in 12 chapters in the Sunday edition of Tokyo Shimbun, from January to March 1969. Printed in colour and created for promotional purposes in conjunction with his work on Yabuki's animated film.
That same year pseudonymous serialization started of Miyazaki's original manga People of the Desert. Created in the style of illustrated stories he read, in boys' magazines and Tankōbon volumes, while growing up, such as Soji Yamakawa's Shōnen ōja (少年王者 shōnen ōja?) and in particular Tetsuji Fukushima's Evil Lord of the Desert (沙漠の魔王 Sabaku no maō?). Miyazaki's Desert People is a continuation of that tradition and a precursor for his own creations Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and The Journey of Shuna. In People of the Desert expository text is presented separately from the monochrome artwork with additional text balloons inside the panels for dialogue. 26 chapters were serialized in Boys and Girls Newspaper (少年少女新聞 Shōnen shōjo shinbun?) between September 12, 1969 (Issue 28) and March 15, 1970 (issue 53). Published under the pseudonym Akitsu Saburō (秋津三朗 ?). His manga interpretation of Animal Treasure Island, made in conjunction with Ikeda's animated film, was serialized in the Sunday edition of Tokyo Shimbun from January to March 1971. (13 chapters, in colour).[i]
His major work in the manga format is Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, created intermittently from 1981 through 1994. In Japan it was first serialized in Tokuma Shoten's monthly magazine Animage and has been collected, after slight modification, in seven tankōbon volumes, spanning 1060 pages. Nausicaä has been translated and released outside Japan and has sold millions of copies worldwide. On March 11, 1984 the anime film of the same title was released. The characters and settings of manga and film have their common roots in the Image Boards Miyazaki created to visualise his ideas in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The anime is an amalgamation of the first sixteen chapters of the manga. In the manga Miyazaki explores the themes at greater length and in greater depth with a greater host of characters and a more expansive universe which he continued to expand over an additional decade after the release of the film. Nausicaä panels were printed monochrome in sepia toned ink. To advance the narrative, text balloons and artwork are employed almost exclusively.
Other works include The Journey of Shuna, released, in 1983, and Hikōtei Jidai, first serialized in Model Graphix in 1989. Both were created in watercolour. The latter was the basis of Porco Rosso. Hayao Miyazaki's Daydream Data Notes contains short manga, essays and samples from Miyazaki's sketchbooks, bundled in book form in 1992.Shuna, in 1987, and selections from Daydream Data Notes, in 1995, were dramatised for radio broadcast.
In October 2006, A Trip to Tynemouth was published in Japan. The book contains a translated collection of three of the young adult short stories written by Robert Westall, who grew up in World War II England. The most famous story, first published in a collection called Break of Dark, is titled Blackham's Wimpy, the name of a Vickers Wellington Bomber featured in the story. The nickname comes from the character J. Wellington Wimpy from the Popeye comics and cartoons (The Wellington was named for Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, victor over Napoleon). Miyazaki worked as editor, provided the cover illustrations and created short manga for addition in the book. Miyazaki based his manga and illustrations on Westall's short stories, including parts about Blackham's Bomber, and added fictional elements of his own. Depicting a narrator, as an anthropomorphised pig, who has an imaginary meeting with Westall, depicted as a terrier, on a trip to Tynemouth. Westall's short stories themselves are translated into Japanese but are otherwise left unchanged for this publication.
In early 2009, Miyazaki began writing a new manga called Kaze Tachinu (風立ちぬ The Wind Rises?), telling the story of Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter designer Jiro Horikoshi. The manga was first published in two issues of the Model Graphix magazine, published on February 25 and March 25, 2009. Miyazaki ultimately required 9 chapters to finish the manga. The last chapter was published in the January 2010 issue of the magazine.
In October 1965, Miyazaki married fellow animator Akemi Ota, with whom he had two sons, Gorō and Keisuke. Miyazaki's dedication to his work has often been reported to have impacted negatively on his relationship with Gorō. He has expressed he does not wish to create a dynasty of animators and his son has to create a name for himself. Nonetheless he has shown support of his son's career in animation in recent times, co-writing the screenplay for Gorō's feature From Up on Poppy Hill and is in the process of developing the story for his son's third film as of November 2011.
For the release of his 2013 film The Wind Rises, Miyazaki and other Studio Ghibli staff members renewed criticism of Prime Minister Shinzō Abe's policies, and the proposed Constitutional amendment to Article 96, a clause that stipulates procedures needed for revisions, which would allow Abe to revise Article 9 of the Constitution of Japan, which outlaws war as a means to settle international disputes. After the release of the film he received approval as well as negative criticism online for his anti-war message. Some online critics have labeled his film, as well as his expressed opinions, as "Anti-Japanese" and have called Miyazaki a "traitor". This is due to the film's subject, a young man who designs planes during World War II. Among the planes used in the film is the Mitsubishi A5M, a predecessor of the Mitsubishi A6M Zero. Since he was young, Miyazaki has had a fascination with planes, in part, due to his father's line of work on A6M Zero fighter planes during the Second World War. This fascination is made obvious by the recurring use of planes in his films; from Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind to Porco Rosso and beyond. This film, however, is Miyazaki's first to be inspired by a historical figure. Despite the unexpected backlash from political viewers, The Wind Rises had the biggest opening of the year in Japan, taking in 960 million yen, or $9.78 million.
Miyazaki has expressed his opinion on politics several times in the past, including a disapproval in the discussion of the revision of the Japanese constitution, and Abe's denial of Japanese World War II crimes. Part of the controversy over The Wind Rises stems from his statement that proper compensation should be given to comfort women. While some were critical of his remarks, they were welcomed by others. This is not his only instance of controversy. In 2003, Miyazaki won an Oscar for his film Spirited Away but did not attend the 75th Academy Awards in Hollywood, Los Angeles in protest of the United States' involvement in the Iraq War, later stating that "I didn't want to visit a country that was bombing Iraq." He did not publicly express this opinion at the request of his producer until 2009, when he lifted his boycott and attended the San Diego Comic Con International as a favor to his friend John Lasseter.
Miyazaki also expressed his opinion about the terrorist attack at the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and gave his opinion about the magazine's decision to publish the content cited as the trigger for the incident. He said, "I think it's a mistake to caricaturize the figures venerated by another culture. You shouldn't do it." He asserts, "Instead of doing something like that, you should first make caricatures of your own country's politicians."
Miyazaki has claimed he was retiring several times, but on September 6, 2013, he assured his fans that he is "quite serious" this time. He believes he is getting too old for the business, and wants to make room for new animators. He also says that the task of animating is "quite strenuous" and that he cannot work as long as he was once able to. However, he plans on pursuing new goals, such as working on the Studio Ghibli Museum, on which he commented "I might even become an exhibit myself". Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki revealed that Miyazaki will continue to illustrate manga and is currently working on a serialized samurai series. Fellow animator Isao Takahata has publicly stated that he believes Miyazaki's retirement to be non-permanent, "...I think there is a decent chance that may change. I think so, since I've known him a long time. Don't be at all surprised if that happens." During a New Year's Eve radio show, broadcast on Tokyo FM, on December 31, 2013, Toshio Suzuki speculated that Miyazaki might revoke his latest retirement (apparently his sixth to date).
A previous home that Miyazaki spent part of his childhood in has been transformed into a museum. The home's current resident, Asuko Thomas, says that she did not know that the house has once belonged to the family of the world renowned animator. The current owner of the house has named the gallery "Hanna", meaning "bond" and "harmony". Many elements of the house have been the inspiration for scenes in several of his films. One example is the stairs in the household, very similar to the hidden stairs in My Neighbor Totoro.
Themes, influences and style
Miyazaki's works are characterized by the recurrence of progressive themes, such as environmentalism, pacifism, feminism, and the absence of villains. His films are also frequently concerned with childhood transition and a marked preoccupation with flight.[j]
Miyazaki's narratives are notable for not pitting a hero against an unsympathetic antagonist. In Spirited Away, Miyazaki states "the heroine [is] thrown into a place where the good and bad dwell together. [...] She manages not because she has destroyed the 'evil', but because she has acquired the ability to survive." Even though Miyazaki sometimes feels pessimistic about the world, he prefers to show children a positive world view instead, and rejects simplistic stereotypes of good and evil.
Miyazaki's films often emphasize environmentalism and the Earth's fragility. In an interview with The New Yorker, Margaret Talbot stated that Miyazaki believes much of modern culture is "thin and shallow and fake", and he "not entirely jokingly" looked forward to "a time when Tokyo is submerged by the ocean and the NTV tower becomes an island, when the human population plummets and there are no more high-rises." Growing up in the Shōwa period was an unhappy time for him because "nature – the mountains and rivers – was being destroyed in the name of economic progress." Miyazaki is critical of capitalism, globalization, and their impacts on modern life. Commenting on the 1954 Animal Farm animated film, he has said that "exploitation is not only found in communism, capitalism is a system just like that. I believe a company is common property of the people that work there. But that is a socialistic idea." Nonetheless, he suggests that adults should not "impose their vision of the world on children."
Nausicaä, Princess Mononoke and Howl's Moving Castle feature anti-war themes. In 2003, when Spirited Away won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, Miyazaki did not attend the awards show personally. He later explained that it was because he "didn't want to visit a country that was bombing Iraq".
Miyazaki has been called a feminist by Studio Ghibli President Toshio Suzuki, in reference to his attitude to female workers. This is evident in the all-female factories of Porco Rosso and Princess Mononoke, as well as the matriarchal bath-house of Spirited Away. Many of Miyazaki's films are populated by strong female protagonists that go against gender roles common in Japanese animation and fiction.
Creation process and animation style
Miyazaki takes a leading role when creating his films, frequently serving as both writer and director. He personally reviewed every frame used in his early films, though due to health concerns over the high workload he now delegates some of the workload to other Ghibli members. In a 1999 interview, Miyazaki said, "at this age, I cannot do the work I used to. If my staff can relieve me and I can concentrate on directing, there are still a number of movies I'd like to make."
Miyazaki uses very human-like movements in his animation. In addition, much of the art is done using water colors.
Miyazaki has used traditional animation throughout the animation process, though computer-generated imagery was employed starting with Princess Mononoke to give "a little boost of elegance". In an interview with the Financial Times, Miyazaki said "it's very important for me to retain the right ratio between working by hand and computer. I have learnt that balance now, how to use both and still be able to call my films 2D." Digital paint was also used for the first time in parts of Princess Mononoke in order to meet release deadlines. It was used as standard for subsequent films. However, in his 2008 film Ponyo, Miyazaki went back to traditional hand-drawn animation for everything, saying "hand drawing on paper is the fundamental of animation." Studio Ghibli's computer animation department was dissolved before production on Ponyo was started, and Miyazaki has decided to keep to hand drawn animation.
Among Miyazaki's earliest influences are the illustrated stories he read in boys' magazines and manga Tankōbon during his childhood. He has indicated that he does not only like their subject matter and their presentation of the artwork but also that he came to appreciate the pacing of their adventures, allowing for a thorough immersion in the stories they created because the slow production rate necessitated re-reading the same work several times. As a result he prefers monthly serialization to the weekly format for his own works. Miyazaki has identified Soji Yamakawa's Shōnen ōja as one of the influential stories he read. Takekuma has noted that several of Miyazaki's works, in both manga and anime, have their roots in Tetsuji Fukushima's The evil Lord of the Desert. A slightly later influence Miyazaki has cited is the work of Sanpei Shirato.[k]
A number of Western authors have influenced Miyazaki's work, including Ursula K. Le Guin, Lewis Carroll, Edward Blishen and Diana Wynne Jones. Miyazaki confided to Le Guin that Earthsea had been a great influence on all his works, and that he kept her books at his bedside. Miyazaki and French writer and illustrator Jean Giraud (a.k.a. Moebius) have influenced each other and had become friends as a result of their mutual admiration. Monnaie de Paris held an exhibition of their work titled Miyazaki et Moebius: Deux Artistes Dont Les Dessins Prennent Vie (Two Artists’s Drawings Taking on a Life of Their Own) from December 2004 to April 2005. Both artists attended the opening of the exhibition. Moebius named his daughter Nausicaa after Miyazaki's heroine. Miyazaki has been deeply influenced by another French writer, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. He illustrated the Japanese covers of Saint-Exupéry's Night Flight (Vol de nuit) and Wind, Sand and Stars (Terre des Hommes), and wrote an afterword for Wind, Sand and Stars.
In an interview broadcast on BBC Choice on 2002-06-10, Miyazaki cited the British authors Eleanor Farjeon, Rosemary Sutcliff, and Philippa Pearce as influences. The filmmaker has also publicly expressed fondness for Roald Dahl's stories about pilots and airplanes; the image in Porco Rosso of a cloud of dead pilots was inspired by Dahl's They Shall Not Grow Old. As in Miyazaki's films, these authors create self-contained worlds in which allegory is often used, and characters have complex, and often ambiguous, motivations. Other Miyazaki works, such as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away, incorporate elements of Japanese history and mythology.
Miyazaki has said he was inspired to become an animator by The Tale of the White Serpent, considered the first modern anime, in 1958. He has also said that The Snow Queen, a Soviet animated film, was one of his earliest inspirations, and that it motivated him to stay in animation production. We can see its influence on ' The Little Norse Prince'. The villain, 'Forest King' is like 'Snow Queen',design wise and character wise. Yuriy Norshteyn, a Russian animator, is Miyazaki's friend and praised by him as "a great artist." Norshteyn's Hedgehog in the Fog is cited as one of Miyazaki's favourite animated films. Miyazaki has long been a fan of the Aardman Studios animation. In May 2006, David Sproxton and Peter Lord, founders of Aardman Studios, visited the Ghibli Museum exhibit dedicated to their works, where they also met Miyazaki.
Pete Docter, director of the popular films Up and Monsters, Inc. as well as a co-creator of other Pixar works, has praised Miyazaki and described him as an influence. Glen Keane, the animator for successful Disney films such as The Little Mermaid, The Rescuers Down Under, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and Tangled, has also credited Miyazaki as a "huge influence" on his work and on Disney in general during the past two decades. Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino have cited Miyazaki's work as having the biggest influence on the universe and style of Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Miyazaki has also been cited as an influence on various role-playing video games. The creator of Square's Final Fantasy series, Hironobu Sakaguchi, cited Miyazaki as inspiration for elements such as the airships and chocobos featured in the series. The post-apocalyptic setting of SNK's Crystalis was inspired by Miyazaki's Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, and Crystalis in turn influenced Square's Secret of Mana. The 2015 fantasy adventure game, Ori and the Blind Forest was heavily influenced by Miyazaki's work, particularly one of the levels "Valley of the Wind", was a nod to Miyazaki’s, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.
Miyazaki has also been influenced by Akira Kurosawa. Kurosawa was successful in bringing the Western World's attention to Japanese cinematography with his 1951 film Rashomon, Seven Samurai in 1954, and Yojimbo in 1960. Another influence was Osamu Tezuka, a pioneer in new manga styles and techniques. Miyazaki said of Princess Mononoke, 'I wish Osamu Tezuka could have watched it'. Tezuka and Miyazaki had a somewhat uneasy relationship. Miyazaki acknowledges his influence, like the influence of an older brother or predecessor, but the influence may not have been seen as an entirely beneficial one. As noted by Helen McCarthy, Miyazaki wrote an essay, after Tezuka's passing in 1989, in which he reflected on the influence Tezuka had on his own career in particular and the development of Anime in Japan in general. Miyazaki acknowledges that Tezuka was among the creative artists who inspired him to become a manga author but he writes that he initially reacted indignantly and that he felt humiliated when it was pointed out to him that his style as a draughtsman resembled that of Tezuka. Once he realised that the observation about the resemblance was accurate, he destroyed his sketches and decided to return to the study of basic drawing skills in order to start over. He notes that he does not share the advice that young manga artists should imitate the work of their predecessors when starting out. In his essay he also writes that he became increasingly critical of Tezuka's role in the development of anime in Japan and he criticised, particularly other animators, for the reverential treatment, to the point of worship, given Tezuka. In Miyazaki's world view, influence is supposed to drive the medium forward and although Miyazaki markets his own name brand well, he is nevertheless also critical of the godlike status bestowed on him. He has indicated that he sees such praise as stifling in stead of encouraging the exploration of creativity and the development of a personal style in younger artists.[l]
Among the actors that have collaborated with Miyazaki on his films, other filmmakers, writers, and producers have also collaborated with Miyazaki in multiple instances. This includes Isao Takahata, Toshio Suzuki, Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Gorō Miyazaki, Takeshi Seyama, Azumi Inoue, Youmi Kimura, Yoshifumi Kondō, Hiroyuki Morita, Kazuo Oga and Hideaki Anno. Also, music composer Joe Hisaishi has been responsible for every film score for Miyazaki's films since Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.
Early works (animation)
- Hols: Prince of the Sun (1968) – Key animation, storyboards, scene design
- The Wonderful World of Puss 'n Boots (1969) – Key animation, storyboards, design
- Flying Phantom Ship (1969) – Key animation, storyboards, design
- Moomin (1970) – Key animation on the Mushi Production version
- Animal Treasure Island (1971) – Story consultant, key animation, storyboards, scene design
- Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1971) – Organizer, key animation, storyboards
- Lupin III Part I (1971, TV series) – Direction, along with Isao Takahata
- Yuki's Sun (1972, pilot for a never-realized TV series) – Direction
- Panda! Go, Panda! (1972) – Concept, screenplay, storyboards, scene design, key animation; direction by Isao Takahata
- Panda! Go, Panda! The Rainy-Day Circus (1973) –Screenplay, storyboards, scene design, art design, key animation; direction by Isao Takahata
- Heidi, Girl of the Alps (1974, TV series) – Scene design, layout; direction by Isao Takahata
- 3000 Leagues in Search of Mother (1976, TV series) – Scene design, layout
- Future Boy Conan (1978, TV series) – Direction
- Anne of Green Gables (1979, TV series) – Scene design and layout for episodes 1–15; direction by Isao Takahata
- Lupin III Part II (1980, TV series) – Direction of 2 episodes under the pseudonym "Tsutomu Teruki"
- Sherlock Hound (1984, TV series) – Direction
The following list contains Hayao Miyazaki's works, both major and minor, since his debut as manga artist:
|Nagagutsu wo haita neko (Puss in Boots)||1969||Serialization in a newspaper of a feature film by Toei Doga (Toei Animation Studio), for which Miyazaki worked as a key animator. Based on Charles Perrault's book. Pero, the dandy cat, helps a boy defeat an Ogre and win the heart of a princess.|
|Sabaku no tami (People of the Desert)||1969–70||Written for a newspaper targeted for children. It deals with the devastation of war, betrayal, and the ugliness of the human nature under desperate situations.|
|Doubutsu takarajima (Animal Treasure Island)||1972||Serialization in a newspaper of a feature film by Toei Doga (Toei Animation Studio), for which Miyazaki worked as a key animator. It's a fun, slapstick adventure story based on Stevenson's Treasure Island.|
|Kaze no tani no Naushika (Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind)||1982–94||Miyazaki's lifework. A complicated and thought-provoking manga (or "graphic novel") about a princess struggling to live in the world filled with ecological disasters, war, hatred and anger. By the time he finished he had tackled some of the most difficult themes in literature: the conflicts between Nature and Man, war and peace, hope and despair, and the meaning of life and death.|
|Imouto he (To my sister)||1982||A six-page graphic poem about a dream a boy has in which he and his sick twin sister fly and travel around the world, and he can bring happiness to her.|
|Shuna no Tabi (The Journey of Shuna)||1983||An all-watercolor 147 page manga considered by some as a Nausicaä prototype. It's about a prince of a very poor country that journeys in search of the Golden Wheat to save his people from starving.|
|Hikoutei jidai (The age of the flying boat)||1990||A 15-page all watercolor manga, which the animated film Porco Rosso is based on. It was serialized in Model Graphix, a monthly magazine about scale models, as a part of Miyazaki's "Zassou nouto" series.|
|Zassou nouto (Daydream data notes)||1992||Series of manga (or rather, "graphic essays") which Miyazaki has very sporadically wrote in a Japanese scale model magazine, Model Graphix (1984–92). They are totally independent manga stories, mecha ideas, or movie ideas about tanks, planes, or battle ships from the era before World War II - the "favorites" of Miyazaki.|
|Hansu no kikan (The Return of Hans)||1994||An all-watercolor manga based on the fictional adventures of Hans, a German chief tank mechanic, at the end of World War II. It was serialized in Model Graphix, a monthly magazine about scale models, as a part of Miyazaki's "Zassou nouto" series.|
|Kuuchuu de oshokuji (Dining in the air)||1994||An all-watercolor short manga about the history of in-flight meals.|
|Doromamire no tora (Tigers covered with mud)||1998–99||An all-watercolor manga based on the memoirs of Otto Carius, a German tank commander. It was serialized in Model Graphix, under a new series name "Mousou nouto".|
|A Trip to Tynemouth||2006||An adapted manga version of a translated collection of three of the young adult short stories written by Robert Westall.|
|Kaze Tachinu (風立ちぬ The Wind Rises)||2009||The story of Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter designer Jiro Horikoshi.|
|(untitled samurai manga)||?||A manga series about samurai in Japan’s Warring States era.|
|1979||The Castle of Cagliostro||Yes||Yes||90%|
|1984||Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind||Yes||Yes||86%|
|1986||Castle in the Sky||Yes||Yes||95%|
|1988||My Neighbor Totoro||Yes||Yes||93%|
|1989||Kiki's Delivery Service||Yes||Yes||Yes||100%|
|1995||Whisper of the Heart||Yes||Yes||91%|
|On Your Mark||Yes||Music video|
|Whale Hunt||Yes||Yes||Short film|
|2002||Koro's Big Day Out||Yes||Yes||Short film|
|Mei and the Kittenbus||Yes||Yes||Short film|
|Imaginary Flying Machines||Yes||Yes||Short film|
|The Cat Returns||Yes||89%|
|2004||Howl's Moving Castle||Yes||Yes||87%|
|2006||Monmon the Water Spider||Yes||Yes||Yes||Short film|
|The Day I Harvested a Planet||Yes||Yes||Short film|
|2010||Mr. Dough and the Egg Princess||Yes||Yes||Short film|
|The Secret World of Arrietty||Yes||Yes||95%|
|2011||From Up on Poppy Hill||Yes||Yes||83%|
|2013||The Wind Rises||Yes||Yes||89%|
|1980||The Castle of Cagliostro||Mainichi Film Award||Ofuji Noburo Award||Won|
|1985||Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind||Fantafestival||Best Short Film||Won|
|Kinema Junpo Awards||Readers' Choice Award – Best Film||Won|
|Mainichi Film Award||Ofuji Noburo Award||Won|
|1987||Castle in the Sky||Mainichi Film Award||Ofuji Noburo Award||Won|
|1989||My Neighbor Totoro||Kinema Junpo Awards||Kinema Junpo Award – Best Film||Won|
|Readers' Choice Award – Best Japanese Film||Won|
|Mainichi Film Award||Best Film||Won|
|Ofuji Noburo Award||Won|
|Blue Ribbon Awards||Special Award||Won|
|1990||Kiki's Delivery Service||Mainichi Film Award||Best Animated Film||Won|
|Kinema Junpo Awards||Readers' Choice Award – Best Japanese Film Director||Won|
|1993||Porco Rosso||Mainichi Film Award||Best Animated Film||Won|
|1997||Princess Mononoke||Hochi Film Awards||Special Award||Won|
|The Association of Movie Viewing Groups||Best Japanese Movie||Won|
|Nikkan Sports Film Awards||Best Director||Won|
|Takasaki Film Festival||Best Director||Won|
|The Agency for Cultural Affairs||Excellent Movie Award||Won|
|Japan Media Arts Festival||Grand Prize||Won|
|Asahi Best Ten Film Festival||Best Japanese Movie||Won|
|Readers' Choice Award||Won|
|Nihon Keizai Shimbun||Award for Excellency||Won|
|Nikkei Awards for Excellent Products and Service||Won|
|Theater Division Award||Asahi Digital Entertainment Award||Won|
|MMCA Special Award||Multimedia Grand Prix 1997||Won|
|Osaka Film Festival||Special Award||Won|
|The Movie's Day||Special Achievement Award||Won|
|Fumiko Yamaji Award||Cultural Award||Won|
|1998||Blue Ribbon Awards||Special Awards||Won|
|Japanese Academy Awards||Picture of the Year||Won|
|Kinema Junpo Awards||Readers' Choice Award – Best Film||Won|
|Mainichi Film Award||Best Animated Film||Won|
|Readers' Choice Award – Best Film||Won|
|2000||Annie Awards||Outstanding Individual Achievement for Directing in an Animated Feature Production||Nominated|
|2001||Nebula Award||Best Script||Nominated|
|2002||Whale Hunt||Mainichi Film Award||Ofuji Noburo Award||Won|
|Spirited Away||Berlin International Film Festival||Golden Berlin Bear||Won|
|Blue Ribbon Award||Best Film||Won|
|Nikkan Sports Film Award||Best Film||Won|
|New York Film Critics Circle Award||Best Animated Film||Won|
|Boston Society of Film Critics Awards||Special Commendation – For artistic contribution to the field of animation||Won|
|Cambridge Film Festival||Audience Award – Best Film||Won|
|National Board of Review of Motion Pictures||Best Animated Feature||Won|
|Cinekid Festival||Cinekid Film Award||Won|
|Durban International Film Festival||Best Film||Won|
|European Film Awards||Screen International Award||Nominated|
|Kinema Junpo Awards||Readers' Choice Award – Best Film||Won|
|Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards||LAFCA Award||Won|
|Mainichi Film Award||Best Animated Film||Won|
|Readers' Choice Award – Best Film||Won|
|San Francisco International Film Festival||Audience Award – Best Narrative Feature||Won|
|Sitges Film Festival||Special Mention||Won|
|Tokyo Anime Award||Grand Prix||Won|
|Japanese Academy Award||Best Film||Won|
|Hong Kong Film Award||Best Asian Film||Won|
|2003||Academy Award||Best Animated Feature||Won|
|Online Film Critics Society Award||Best Animated Feature||Won|
|Best Foreign Language Film||Nominated|
|British Independent Film Awards||Best Foreign Independent Film||Nominated|
|Saturn Award||Best Writing||Nominated|
|Film Critics Circle of Australia||Best Foreign-Language Film||Won|
|Chicago Film Critics Association||Best Foreign Language Film||Nominated|
|Satellite Award||Best Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media||Won|
|Phoenix Film Critics Society Award||Best Animated Film||Won|
|Overlooked Film of the Year||Nominated|
|International Horror Guild Award||Best Movie||Nominated|
|Florida Film Critics Circle||Best Animation||Won|
|Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award||Best Animated Film||Won|
|Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival||Silver Scream Award||Won|
|Annie Award||Outstanding Directing in an Animated Feature Production||Won|
|Outstanding Writing in an Animated Feature Production||Won|
|Cambridge Film Festival||Audience Award – Best Film||Won|
|Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain||Best Foreign Film||Won|
|César Award||Best Foreign Film||Nominated|
|Hugo Award||Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form||Nominated|
|Broadcast Film Critics Association||Best Animated Feature||Won|
|2004||Argentinean Film Critics Association Awards||Silver Condor – Best Foreign Film||Nominated|
|BAFTA Award||Best Film not in the English Language||Nominated|
|London Critics Circle Film Awards||Foreign Language Film of the Year||Nominated|
|Nebula Award||Best Script||Nominated|
|Howl's Moving Castle||Sitges Film Festival||Audience Award – Best Feature Film||Won|
|Venice Film Festival||Golden Lion||Nominated|
|2005||Hollywood Film Festival||Hollywood Film Award – Animation of the Year||Won|
|Mainichi Film Award||Readers' Choice Award – Best Film||Won|
|Tokyo Anime Award||Animation of the Year||Won|
|Satellite Award||Outstanding Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media||Nominated|
|San Diego Film Critics Society Award||Best Animated Film||Won|
|New York Film Critics Circle Awards||Best Animated Film||Won|
|2006||Academy Award||Best Animated Feature||Nominated|
|Annie Award||Best Directing in an Animated Feature Production||Nominated|
|Best Writing in an Animated Feature Production||Nominated|
|Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards||Best Animated Feature||Nominated|
|Online Film Critics Society Award||Best Animated Feature||Nominated|
|Saturn Award||Best Animated Film||Nominated|
|MTV Movie Awards Russia||Best Cartoon||Nominated|
|Nastro d'Argento||Silver Ribbon – Best Foreign Director||Nominated|
|Hong Kong Film Awards||Best Asian Film||Nominated|
|2007||Nebula Award||Best Script||Won|
|2008||Ponyo||Venice Film Festival||Future Film Festival Digital Award – Special Mention||Won|
|Mimmo Rotella Foundation Award||Won|
|2009||Asian Film Awards||Best Director||Nominated|
|Japanese Academy Award||Best Animation Film||Won|
|Chicago Film Critics Association Awards||Best Animated Feature||Nominated|
|Hong Kong Film Awards||Best Asian Film||Nominated|
|Online Film Critics Society Award||Best Animated Feature||Nominated|
|Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association||Best Animated Film||Nominated|
|Tokyo Anime Award||Best Director||Won|
|Best Original Story||Won|
|Animation of the Year||Won|
|2010||Annie Award||Directing in a Feature Production||Nominated|
|2013||From Up on Poppy Hill||Annie Award||Writing in an Animated Feature Production||Nominated|
|The Wind Rises||Academy Awards||Best Animated Feature||Nominated|
|Alliance of Women Film Journalists||Best Animated Feature||Won|
|Annie Awards||Best Animated Feature||Nominated|
|Annie Awards||Character Animation in a Feature Production (for Kitaro Kosaka)||Nominated|
|Annie Awards||Writing in an Animated Feature Production||Won|
|Asia Pacific Screen Awards||Best Animated Feature Film||Nominated|
|Boston Online Film Critics Association||Best Animated Film
Tied with Frozen
|Boston Society of Film Critics||Best Animated Film||Won|
|Chicago Film Critics Association||Best Foreign - Language Film||Nominated|
|Chicago Film Critics Association||Best Animated Feature||Won|
|Critics' Choice Movie Award||Best Animated Feature||Nominated|
|Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics||Best Foreign Language Film||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Awards||Best Foreign Language Film||Nominated|
|Los Angeles Film Critics Association||Best Animation||2nd place|
|Mill Valley Film Festival||Audience Favorite — Animation||Won|
|National Board of Review||Best Animated Film||Won|
|New York Film Critics Circle||Best Animated Film||Won|
|New York Film Critics Online||Best Animated Feature||Won|
|New York Film Festival||Grand Marnier Fellowship Award for Best Film||Nominated|
|Online Film Critics Society||Best Picture||Nominated|
|Online Film Critics Society||Best Director||Nominated|
|Online Film Critics Society||Best Animated Feature||Won|
|Online Film Critics Society||Best Film Not in the English Language||Nominated|
|Online Film Critics Society||Best Adapted Screenplay||Nominated|
|Phoenix Film Critics Society||Best Animated Film||Nominated|
|San Diego Film Critics Society||Best Animated Film||Won|
|San Francisco Film Critics Circle||Best Animated Feature||Nominated|
|Satellite Awards||Best Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media||Won|
|San Sebastián International Film Festival||Audience Award||Nominated|
|St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association||Best Animated Feature||2nd place|
|Toronto International Film Festival||People's Choice Award for Best Drama Feature Film||Nominated|
|Venice Film Festival||Golden Lion||Nominated|
|Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association||Best Animated Feature||Nominated|
- Person of Cultural Merit, Japan (November 3, 2012; the first anime director to receive the honour)
- Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame (2014 inductee)
- Academy Honorary Award, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) at the The 87th Academy Awards ceremony on February 22, 2015. He is the first anime director to receive this honour, being the 4th animator to receive this award (the first was Walt Disney, who received it three times, the second was Walter Lantz in 1979, and the third was Chuck Jones in 1995).
- McCarthy notes Miyzaki's getting evacuated at age three and starting school as an evacuee in 1947. In McCarthy (1999), page 26. The Nausicaa.net biography states, "Between 1944 and 1946". In order to preserve accuracy of the ambiguous timeline, no synthesis will be made to state when this occurred.
- McCarthy (1999), page 26.
- Miyazaki, I parted ways with Osamu Tezuka when I saw the "Hand of God" in him., in Starting Point (2009), page 193ff. McCarthy (1999), page 28. Comic Box (1982), page 80.
- McCarthy (1999), page 29.
- McCarthy (1999), page 30.
- McCarthy (1999), page 39.
- McCarthy (1999), pages 45.
- McCarthy (1999), page 199-203.
- McCarthy (1999), pp. 27 and p.219. Comic Box (1982), pp. 80 and pp. 111. July 1983 issue of Animage, page 172. Takekuma, Kentaro, Lecture series at Kyoto Seika University. Re-release announcement in Asahi Shinbun for Fukushima's graphic novel.
- McCarthy (1999), pages 79, 89.
- Takekuma, Kentaro Lectures.(2008). McCarthy (1999), page 27. Kaku(2012).
- Tasker (2011), page 292ff. Miyazaki, I parted ways with Osamu Tezuka when I saw the "Hand of God" in him., in Starting Point (2009), page 193ff. McCarthy (1999), page 28. Takekuma, Kentaro Lectures.(2008)
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|Academy Award for Best Animated Feature
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