10 Years with Hayao Miyazaki
October 9, 2019 10:38 AM   Subscribe

"You see, whether you can draw like this or not, being able to think up this kind of design, it depends on whether or not you can say to yourself, 'Oh, yeah, girls like this exist in real life.' If you don’t spend time watching real people, you can’t do this, because you’ve never seen it. Some people spend their lives interested only in themselves. Almost all Japanese animation is produced with hardly any basis taken from observing real people, you know. It’s produced by humans who can’t stand looking at other humans. And that’s why the industry is full of otaku!"
posted by J.K. Seazer at 11:55 AM on October 9, 2019 [3 favorites]

... a father butting heads with his son.

"Sparks begin to fly as he and his son, Goro - an up-and-coming director - work on the film From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)." [Wikipedia link, which states that it was directed by Gorō Miyazaki, scripted by Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa].

Not following the Miyazaki family dramas, it sounds positive that Gorō and Hayao worked together at all, because the last thing I read was when I was putting together a post on Ghibli, where I found that
The younger Miyazaki turned from animation and instead became a construction consultant of parks and gardens, but was invited to work on the Studio Ghibli Museum, and he was the museum's director from 2001 to 2005. He then turned his attention to directing his first film, Tales from Earthsea, which is loosely based on first four Earthsea books by Ursula K. Le Guin. Gorō wrote about the process (translated on Nausicaa.net), how his father was against his son directing the movie, and Gorō gave Hayao Miyazaki gets zero marks as a father, but full marks as a director of animated films. Hayao Miyazaki attended the launch party without telling his son, and passed along a few positive words at the end -- "It was made honestly, so it was good," which greatly lifted Gorō's spirits.
[Reformatted a bit from my post in 2010]
posted by filthy light thief at 12:19 PM on October 9, 2019 [1 favorite]

Related content that recently showed up in my Youtube Feed:
Hayao Miyazaki's Airships by The Royal Ocean Film Society

and this bit of coolness:
Flappter 19-8 RC Model by Kazuhiko Kakuta. Dig the Sound!
posted by Popular Ethics at 1:46 PM on October 9, 2019 [4 favorites]

Popular Ethics, I was coming here to post that Airships link. But those RC model videos made it all better.
posted by zengargoyle at 4:00 PM on October 9, 2019 [1 favorite]

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