Thursday, November 24, 2016


Dani Cavallaro. The Anime Art of Hayao Miyazaki. London, Macfarland, 2006.

/ PDF / English / 212 pages / 0786423692 / 978-0786423699

"Works of art are created by those who are prepared to go to the limit" (Hayao Miyazaki)

A look at the life and work of one of the greatest animators of all time, the japanese master film-maker Hayao Miyazaki. This book opens with an introduction to Miyazaki’s work describing his visual repertoire, themes and cinematographical style. The first two chapters situate the films in relation to two complementary contexts: manga and anime, and the principal features of traditional and digital animation.
Miyazaki’s early experiences in the realms of comic books and animation, as well as his roles in pre–Ghibli productions, are thereafter examined. The rest of the text focuses on the Ghibli era, assessing the company’s development and discussing in depth Miyazaki’s output between NausicaƤ of the Valley of the Wind (1984) and Howl’s Moving Castle (2004). Each film is appraised with reference to its themes, narrative structure, topical relevance and place within the broad context of Miyazaki’s corpus. Close attention is also devoted to specific animation techniques and cinematographical operations, through detailed analyses of the film texts themselves and parallel assessments of the storyboards, concept art and model sheets executed for the various productions by Miyazaki and his team. Data regarding production schedules and achievements at the box office are also supplied where appropriate. 
Various chapters, chronologically situated throughout the text, explore other productions emanating from Studio Ghibli, or otherwise involving Ghibli staff but realized for other studios, to which Miyazaki has directly or indirectly contributed, e.g., in the capacities of concept and storyboard designer or producer.  These chapters are integral parts of the book’s content and structure as reflections on Studio Ghibli’s eminently collaborative nature. 
The Filmography supplies additional information about Ghibli’s engagement in the production of tie-ins, the fandom phenomenon and filmographical details. (Dani Cavallaro)

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