Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the feature films of Hayao Miyazaki. They are instantly recognizable and every one of them is worth seeing. In the news, Joe Biden has cancelled a huge amount of student debt (more than you probably realize), the nightmare that was the attempt at a 90s American live-action Sailor Moon has been found in its full glory, the new Beavis and Butthead is fantastic, the novel Paprika was based on is getting a live-action series, the AMC meme-stock is doubling down on this nonsense, and Evangelion Voice Actor Motomu Kiyokawa has passed away at 87.
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I think the only current non-Disney animators who could challenge Miyazaki long term are the directing/writing/producing duo of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller:
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
The Lego Movie
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Let’s see what they turn their hands to in the future.
Different type of animation, but I would put Nick Park and Aardman Animations right up there with Disney and Miyazaki.
I think ‘western’ animation/ film in general fails to bother depicting the mundane as beautifully as Miyazaki.
The environment has it’s own story to tell. It’s not overlooked or taken for granted.