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January 12th, 2006, 16:14
Known as the "Japanese Walt Disney," Hayao Miyazaki is one of his country's outstanding directors of animation. His internationally admired animated adventures include the epic Princess Mononoke (1997), a tale of a mythic battle between humans and forest animal gods that became the highest-grossing film in Japan's history; and Spirited Away (2002), in which a young girl stumbles into a mysterious spirit world.

In the month of Miyazaki's 60th birthday, we proudly present the TCM premieres of many of his works, including both English-dubbed versions and Japanese originals with English subtitles. Along with the exquisite artwork, his films are celebrated for their captivating characters, involving stories and ecological and humane concerns.

Born in Tokyo, Miyazaki began as an animator in 1963 and worked on many early classics of Japanese animation. After extensive experience in television, he began directing features in 1979 and scored a particular success with Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984), the tale of a peace-seeking warrior princess that was based on a comic he had created two years earlier.

Miyazaki's films often have a fairy-tale spirit, with winsome young protagonists and magical settings. In Castle in the Sky (1986), a boy and girl travel to a floating castle. My Neighbor Totoro (1988) concerns two girls who find magical creatures in a mystical forest. Porco Rosso (1992) tells of a World War I flying ace who happens to be a pig. And Whisper of the Heart (1995), written by Miyazaki and directed by his protege Yoshifumi Kondo, is a simple tale of a bookish girl who falls in love.

In addition to writing, producing and directing many of his own films, Miyazaki has produced a number of movies made by other animators including his longtime collaborator Isao Takahata, for whom he served as executive producer on Only Yesterda (1991) and Pom Poko (1994).

by Roger Fristoe

The Schedule:
01/05: Spirited Away (2002) / Princess Mononoke (1999)
01/12: Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind (1984) / Castle in the Sky (1986)
01/19: My Neighbor Totoro (1993) / Porco Rosso (1992) / Whisper of the Heart (1995)
01/26: Only Yesterday (1991) / Pom Poko (1994)

Most of these movies are available on DVD. I've only seen Spirited Away and Princes Mononoke. Maybe I'll TiVo a few of these and give some of them a try.

For TCM's schedule click here (http://www.turnerclassicmovies.com/schedule/month/?cid=).

January 12th, 2006, 19:15
oh, how exciting. I recently saw Porco Rosso this past weekend. very good, but Nausicaa has to be my favorite.

January 13th, 2006, 07:19
I TiVoed the late showing of the movies last night and checked on them this morning.

There is a foreward to each show of some guy interviewing John Lassater about the movies.

Last nights movies were in Japanese with English subtitles and from what John says, they are uncut.

... now to find the time to watch them. :(

nowhere man
January 13th, 2006, 16:17
Finally! I saw Nausicaa and Laputa: Castle in the Sky. Both films were fantastic. Sprited Away is still my personal favourite, but Nausicaa is a close second. Better than Princess Mononke. Now I've got to get my hands on the manga. :)

March 7th, 2006, 11:36
Sprited Away is still my personal favourite

yes, Yubaba RULES, hahahahaha.... I love her. The dust critters are cute, too