This book takes the reader on a richly illustrated journey through the magical cinematic worlds of beloved filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki.
For four decades, Hayao Miyazaki has been enchanting audiences of all ages. His animated films offer timeless explorations of childhood and what it means to grow up. Celebrated and admired around the world for his artistic vision, craftsmanship, and deeply humanistic values, Miyazaki has influenced generations of artists worldwide. The universal appeal of his complex characters, many among them strong females, signature themes dealing with human empathy and respect, evocative natural settings, and miraculous flying machines, cuts across cultural boundaries. This book is published with the inaugural exhibition at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles, in collaboration with Miyazaki's own Studio Ghibli in Tokyo. This exhibition includes hundreds of original production materials—many of which have never been seen outside of Studio Ghibli's archives. Concept sketches, character designs, storyboards, layouts, and backgrounds from all eleven of his feature films, including My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Princess Mononoke (1997), Spirited Away (2001), and Howl’s Moving Castle (2004), offer insight into Miyazaki’s creative process and seminal animation techniques.
PETE DOCTER, Oscar-winning director of Monsters, Inc. (2001), Up (2009), and Inside-Out (2015), is Chief Creative Officer and Director of Pixar Animation Studios. DANIEL KOTHENSCHULTE is a historian and curator of art and film, and a devotée of animation. JESSICA NIEBEL, Exhibitions Curator at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, curated the exhibition in collaboration with J. RAÚL GÚZMAN, Assistant Curator at the Academy Museum.