“I Can’t Stand Modern Animation”

That’s the headline in the Singapore based The Straits Times this morning. The outspoken Hayao Miyazaki was quoted by Hong Kong’s Sunday Morning Post in an interview to promote his latest movie, Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea.:

Miyazaki said his recruits are tested in a boot camp where mobile phones, iPods and other electronic devices are banned. “Young people are surrounded by virtual things,” Miyazaki was quoted as saying. “They lack real experience or life, and lose their imagination. Animators can only draw from their own experience of pain and shock and emotions.”

That’s why we love this guy. Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy and John Lasseter are currently producing the English dub featuring Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Cate Blanchett, Liam Neeson, Lily Tomlin and Cloris Leachman.


  • http://pupick.blogspot.com/ Rick Roberts

    Agreed. That’s all I need to say.

  • Oluseyi

    The last paragraph is pure irony. Mizaki rants about virtual things and a lack of real experience, and then you cite the use of “name” actors in the translation without any sense of the ridiculousness of the juxtaposition. Why Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Cate Blanchett or Liam Neeson? Are any of them voice actors, animation aficionados or integral to the production of the English dub? No. They’re conveniently applied *marketing* as a shorthand or substitute for engagement.

    LOL.

  • Nick

    Seriously? I think Miyazaki really needs to get off his high horse. I’ll admit there is a lot of crap but he can’t possibly claim that he’s never seen a Pixar film and not seen the beautiful simplicity in its story-telling. And has he seen anything from the independent scene? I mean if all he has to go off of is Spongebob and 6teen then I’d think the same thing, but has he seen Persepolis or Waltz with Bashir? I think Hayao needs to do a bit more research before making statements as brash as that.

  • Pedro Nakama

    I agree.
    What does he think about the 7 hour online voting for the Annie Awards?

  • Max Ward

    People need to stop giving Matt Damon work.

  • Martin

    How can he say that when he’s good friends with John Lasseter, AKA the pioneer of modern animation.

  • Siamang

    Maybe he needs to stop making animation so that the youth of the world has one less virtual thing to interfere with reality.

    Also, perhaps if his employees didn’t work 80+ hours a week for insanely low pay, they could experience some real life that could inform their art.

    I think Miyazaki’s a genius, no doubt. But I’m getting sick of his whole attitude that the whole world’s all messed up except for him, the one perfect being the planet can stand.

    Humility is a virtue too. He could stand a little grace and charity as well. This guy should see Ratatouille and Wall-E and a few other films, and have a little patience and open-mindedness about the creativity of some of the mere mortals he shares the planet with.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    Glad to see he’s in the same boat I am on that subject. Perhaps I should follow that example soon if I can learn to stop using my PC for a couple months and just go outside! I may come out a winner in the end.

  • pencil pushy

    Too weird and eccentric? There’s nothing weird or eccentric about howl’s moving castle, or spirited away, or porco rosso. . .

    why is it always the bitter hateful old farts with extremely limited and prejudiced views of the art form they devote themselves to that get the most praise and adoration from neophytes and wannabe’s?

    He’s a good artist, a creative director, but really, get off the soapbox.

    Cartoon brew has itself become very weird and eccentirc as of late.
    Can’t we just applaud the efforts of people who try hard and leave the
    chafe to burn on the threshing floor?

  • http://keithlango.com keith lango

    “Damn kids- get off my lawn!!”

    Note to self: when animation makes you into a crotchety old man, quit and do something else.

    -k

  • http://www.mymedicatedcartoonlife.com Bitter Animator

    I’m totally with Siamang here. People say the same thing about films and television for the ‘clearly not as good as our generation’ youth and this guy makes movies. He pulls people out of the real world for a living.

    And that just makes him sound, technically speaking, like a dick.

    If he were running outdoor adventure parks, it would be entirely different.

  • http://cartoondavid.blogspot.com david

    The virtual things have advantages and disadvantages. for cartoonists/animators the internet is basically an access point to bunch of awesome reference material and information. Lots of good comics, drawings, cartoons etc. that most of us never knew about. The bad is that overwhelming amount of information(drawings, inspiration) is devalued by saturation. Nothing really stands out anymore. The entertainment value is shortened, and as are the audiences’ attention spans.

    I remember when Shane Glines’ started posting his collection of awesome artwork back in the day(before his message board blew up), and each time something new was posted it was cherished by everyone that new about it. Especially young cartoonists like me and others who never knew about this stuff and were just discovering it. Now we have so many blogs it’s almost a chore to sift through all the awesome stuff.

    The same goes for all other parts of art/culture. music, writing, etc. there is too much of it.

    I think mizzzakyaryaryaarki is saying that people need to take a break from the post-modernist bullshit life style that plagues everyone (including me). Most “modern” cartoons are all referential and rehashed styles and bastardization. It is repeats of repeats of repeats until it is void of any real character. Pixar did something slightly original with toy story, but the stupid tim allen 90s humor was still present. Then they just repeated everything again. In fact most pixar movies seem to parodies of previous ones. Every single pixar film is just personifying inanimate objects or non-humans then making human jokes about them(bad ones). It’s like i’m not watching CARs, i’m watching brave little toaster 7. come on already.

    I have a feeling a bunch of young artists will light a new cartoon torch instead of carrying on the crappy one from the 70′s and 80′s that is totally burnt out.

  • Sam Filstrup

    As much as I respect his work and films, his views are a bit jaded towards up coming animators and what not. Has he ever been in other studios outside of Japan? Really met and spoken with these people, before judging them a bit harshly. Maybe I’m taking this more personal due to my young age and being a student currently pursuing a career in animation.

  • Marbles

    Well, he’s not the first creative genius to be a grouchy curmudgeon who thinks the whole world is going to hell. In fact, it’s almost a cliche.
    His opinions about media saturation are a bit extreme (he thinks children should only be permitted to see an animated film about once a year!!), but you can understand them, because in a lot of ways he’s right. I’ve often had similar thoughts, even as I stubbornly cling to my Internet addiction. We’re products of our media-soaked environment (especially the younger we get), and only very strong-willed people can pull themselves away and acquire the kind of fully untainted “experience” Miyazaki speaks of.

  • debra jean solomon

    I hesitate to put my hat in this ring – my kevlar coat is at the cleaners…but isnt Miyazaki just saying don’t tell rehashed stories? For me the tools to tell that story in the long run are the least important – what I think Miyazaki means is:find your own story in your life experience … isn’t that what art is?

  • http://one1more2time3.wordpress.com/ hans bacher

    I admire him as a filmmaker. but since he has started a while ago with his lupin series his characters haven’t changed their looks. the same girlface over and over again. maybe it might be helpful to see what other modern filmmakers do. at least designwise.

  • Saturnome

    Part of me thinks this is old fart talk, part of me thinks this is right. Judging he’s among the best these days, well…

  • Marc Baker

    ‘Why Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Cate Blanchett or Liam Neeson? Are any of them voice actors, animation aficionados or integral to the production of the English dub? No.’

    Probably not, and the majority of their work is being in front of the camera. Where as people like Frank Welker, Rob Paulsen, and Jim Cummings have been in front of a studio mic for their whole careers.

  • Jim

    I can listen to music AND experience things. I must be a genius.

  • http://www.cementimental.com Tim Drage

    OH NO AN OPINION ;_;

  • http://mrdarbyshire.blogspot.com Michael

    Yeah, listen to Pencil Pushy. As long as they work hard, why pay attention to quality or entertainment? I say the Brewmasters should extend heartfelt, watery-eyed pats on the back to all animators- rather than evil ‘opinions’ and ‘criticism.’

    Come to think of it, why don’t you fellas at CB hold monthly get-togethers where we can all join hands and sing about love and peace! Oh this new Cartoon Brew is gonna be grand! Everyone is a winner!

  • slowtiger

    I wonder where some commentators read that bit about Miyazaki bashing any film from Pixar or elsewhere. He didn’t. He just commented about a certain breed of young animators who seem to have lived from an exclusive diet of films and games instead of playing in the woods or doing whatever with real people in the real world.

    I know that kind much to well, in the design world it would be the graduate who searches last year’s graphic showcase books for inspiration instead of walking through the park or watch anything from real life. In animation it’s the kind of animator who constantly quotes other films because he finds them cool and just wants to do something similar. I don’t expect much originality from these guys.

  • Brian Kidd

    Whilst I totally agree that voice actors should be hired for how well they can play the part, as opposed to, “We can get such-and-such an actor. What part should we put them in?” I don’t know that Miyazaki particularly knows who half of these actors are. I don’t think he’s being disingenuous. He’s also not against technology. He uses CG in his films, but only as a tool to enhance the story; not as an end unto itself. There’s a huge difference between what Ghibli does with computers and say, SPACE CHIMPS.

    Yes, he should give Pixar movies a chance and is being more than a little closed-minded when he doesn’t. Still, I think he’s talking about the current state of animation where the vast majority of major releases are unimaginative crap; not necessarily the wonderful exceptions to the rule such as PERSEPOLIS, BASHIR, or the PIXAR films.

    Then again, maybe he’s just a grumpy old man. In any case, I’m glad that grumpy old man is still making wonderful films.

  • andrew osmond

    I honestly wonder if some of Miyazaki’s words were taking out of context in this case, or if he made a more sweeping statement than he’d intended. (In the direct quote, Miyazaki talks of ‘modern movies,’ but it’s not clear if he’s referrring to CGI animation.) I find it a bit hard to believe that he’d casually slam the work of a good friend.

    I’m looking at the DVD documentary, Thank you, Lasseter-san, about Miyazaki’s visit to America in 2002 to promote Spirited Away. At one point, Miyazaki remembers when Lasseter stopped by his office during a visit in Japan. ‘He brought with him two short animated films of a lamp and of a unicycle… I was very impressed by his effort. When they were young, not only John Lasseter but also Brad Bird and several others, they were trying hard at a time when there wasn’t much opportunity to make their own films. When Toy Story became a great hit, I was very happy for him (Lasseter).’

    Towards the end of the documentary, Miyazaki meets Brad Bird, having seen some of the story-reels for The Incredibles, and tells him, ‘I think it is a very adventurous thing you are trying to do in an American film.’

  • BringingSexyBack

    Agreeeeed.

  • JIP

    If Miyazaki lived in 1900, he probably would have hated modern things like film and telephones.
    “People should only watch kabuki” he would have said.

    People who can’t seem to understand that things like internet and videogames can be as imaginative as paintings and film, are no geniuses. If anything, internet gives us more time and freedom to explore the real world. Remember when mailing someone took days? Or finding rare animation took weeks?

    I also once read, Miyazaki said you should only watch his films once. Then why is he releasing his films on dvd? Greed?

  • elan

    “The 67-year-old Oscar-winning master animator known for his hand-drawn movies said in a newspaper interview on Sunday he hasn’t seen any of the major digitally animated films in the last two decades.”

    If he hasnt seen any of the major digitally animated films in the last 2 decades, how can he be so judgmental of them?

    In my opinion, Toy Story marked the beginning of a new golden era in the art of animation. Sure, I miss 2D, and am glad it’s getting some more traction these days, and not all CG movies are good, but you simply *cant* make such a blanket statement like that. Some marvelous stuff has been done.

  • http://chrisbattleillustration.blogspot.com Chris Battle

    HA– I love it when artists enter their crotchety old man phase. Love his sound bites as of late.

    I’ll keep that latest one in mind as I watch LAPUTA for the umpteenth time on my iPod :)

  • Dr. Pepper

    For a genius, he really is a bit of an a-hole.

  • http://www.lucatieri.com Luca Tieri

    Folks.
    It’s just a reaction-way to nowdays…
    …When multimedia goes beyond reality he’s totally right!

    Often people got thousands friends on social network apps and less than one in real life.

    It fits not always but often today.

    And it’s the same about art.

    We can start a loooooong discussion about art and globalized art.
    It was better before the net, when real people do their things like mirrors on their lifes or like now when often people are mirrors of mirrors? Emotions go to a person to another losing everything just because things are trendy.

    It’s not the rules of the today but often it happens.
    Sometimes getting solo to put out another point of view it would be better.

  • http://pupick.blogspot.com/ Rick Roberts

    “but since he has started a while ago with his lupin series his characters haven’t changed their looks. the same girlface over and over again.”

    Gunna have to agree on that one. I actually made some posts on Lupin recently *shameless plug*

    I honestly value Miyazaki’s opinions more then his work. Also his style has always been a copied version of his mentor’s, Yasuo Otsuka. Still, he has made some good films.

  • http://voyagesextraordinaires.blogspot.com Cory

    “In my opinion, Toy Story marked the beginning of a new golden era in the art of animation. Sure, I miss 2D, and am glad it’s getting some more traction these days, and not all CG movies are good, but you simply *cant* make such a blanket statement like that. Some marvelous stuff has been done.”

    The problem is that everything released since into the mainstream has been a rehash of “Toy Story”, as david noted (finally I’m not the only one!).

  • Tim

    I didn’t get the idea he is as crotchety as everyone assumes. I understood him to say that most young animators are just repeating what they see on screen, not digging out of their own experience.

    I think he is warning us of becoming an industry of imitators, not innovators.

    He’s not railing against the “new”. He’s complaining that he doesn’t see anything new. It’s all repetitive.

    Well… it’s what he should’ve said anyway.

  • Animation Pimp

    I was at Ghibli last year and told by a woman there that he is quite a grumpy guy. And…if he’s not seeing anything new, then’s not seeing the right films. There’s a ton of great short animation out there, but I guess he doesnt bother with that stuff. Perhaps it was taken out of context but he certainly comes across as a myopic and smug old prick….and someone who just brushes off the new world. The world has changed…it’s different, but it’s bullshit to say it’s better or worse. it’s just different.

  • Anonymouse

    If one of the nine old men were alive and said the same thing nobody would have a problem with it

  • Monday

    With his filmography, Miyazaki has earned the right to his opinion, whether anyone else agrees with it or not. I do hope no one accuses his 80 hour weekly employees of selling out because they’re not making their own personal films.

  • http://amymebberson.blogspot.com Amy Mebberson

    I recall a featurette on the making of Spirited Away. Miyazaki was trying to explain to his animators the scene where Sen feeds the cake to Dragon-Haku and was flabbergasted the animators had no idea how to visualise the teeth and gums and the way you have to wrestle a pet’s mouth open. He had to take his animators to a vet clinic so they could pet a labrador and see how it all worked.

    I hazard a bet most western animators would have known instantly what he meant, so I think his remarks about animators being detached from the wider world is aimed more at the very insular, urban, tiny-flat-dwelling Japanese artist that he is most familiar with.
    But I agree, it’s rather dickish of him to tar ALL animators based purely on his own experiences with all-Japanese artists.

  • http://www.messytimbo.blogspot.com Tim McCourt

    hahahaha

    it sounds like a lot of people here have taken a personal Offense to what he’s said because they own iphones and work in C.G.

    I don’t think he’s anti C.G, most of his films use it. i think what he’s getting at is that it seems these days people seem more and more obsessed with technology, and it’s getting in the way of real experiences.

    I agree, because it’s something i see every day.

    i watch my mates gather around one person in a amazement, becuase he was showing them his new iphone. you’d think they were looking at a new born baby by there facial expressions.

    world of war craft, second life, ps3 online, i seen dudes stay up for days playing thats shit. people talking to there friends via facebook on there iphones. when you stop and think about it, it’s crazyness, these virtual relationships.

    and it must seem mental to some one of his age. anyone who think Miyazaki’s a genius, should understand that he’s a genius because of the way he thinks and see life, and his works genius because he draws that into his work.

    if you respect his work you should respect him enough to try and understand he’s view points, because it’s all part of his genius

  • http://www.messytimbo.blogspot.com Tim McCourt

    oh and one more thing, i agree that his long hours are madness, but he’s right there alongside his animators, animating those crazy hours. it’s not as if his at home counting his money like scrooge mcduck

  • http://www.bishopanimation.com Floyd Bishop

    I think he hates editors most of all.

  • elan

    “The problem is that everything released since into the mainstream has been a rehash of “Toy Story”, as david noted”

    Nothing is new. Lion King was Hamlet. A Bug’s Life is Seven Samurai. The list goes on and on

    It’s HOW you do it that matters, and the execution of it. And I’d argue that nothing has been like Toy Story, other than stuff Pixar or Disney has done.

  • http://rockitpack.blogspot.com :: smo ::

    it’s true. my dad’s a professional potter and i was talking to him about how lucky he was to not have grown up with the internet. all the time i’ve spent getting distracted by email or im or hell, the brew [ha!] i could really be using that time to draw. it’s a technology addiction/habitual behavior and i think a lot of us have a problem with it. it’s a tough one to crack!

  • http://dailygrail.com/blog/8389 red pill junkie

    I bet the reason he’s looking for young animators with real-life experiences, it’s because when they join Ghibli those will be the last ones they’ll ever have! ;-)

    It would be great, wouldn’t it? That animators could have a studio contract granting them an annual—paid—Sabbatical after 10 years of work; so they could have their creativity batteries recharged… it would also be great if those damn aliens landed on the White House lawn already! :-P

  • Animation Pimp

    Come on…the Nine Old men should be blasted if the made a similar comment. Christ…some of you animation types need to stop worshipping at the same fucking altars. get out and explore the animation world. It’s much bigger than old Disney farts and Miyafucki

  • Jorge Garrido

    Who is he to judge what is good and what is bad? Who is anyone?

  • http://cartoonelectro.wordpress.com Novid

    He has every dang right to be critical. Somebody needs to tell these young bucks that all there supposed greatness is nothing but lies. All of there experiences of loss and suffering comes from the hands of a female – i.e. via dumping and what not and they live in a world of biased views created by creatures of the night that should be no where near an industry such as this. Isn’t there any reason why his movies continue to succeed where the majority of other anime movies with very rare exceptions fail?

    When you make 18 – 36 months of work come down to Digi-Distro (in the case of Video Games in the near future) then you know something is massively wrong with these new business models. The people Miyazaki are training are NO where near animators, those folks belong in the ero/hentai business and would be much better off if they were there…

  • toddes

    I believe the comments on this post only reinforce Miyazaki’s statement/opinion. The comments display the disconnect that is part of the virtual world.

    I wonder how many posters here if they had a chance to meet Hayao Miyazaki in real life would say exactly what they wrote or would the basic, common courtesies that we learned as children come through.

  • don guakito

    I think mizzzakyaryaryaarki is saying that people need to take a break from the post-modernist bullshit life style that plagues everyone (including me).
    ———————

    beautfull. That’s what sounds he is talking about to me too. Other day i went to a bar and i saw a group of very young people with laptops, talking with each other, but looking to laptop, their machines where being worshiped! :D :D and, of course, the main activity over there was sharing files! :D that’s the virtual way of experiencing life the japanese master is talking against, at least to me.

    Tact. Contact. Experimenting life via body, sense the world trough body first, machines and mental worlds (ciberspace or neo-platonic cyberparadise?) latter. What make us humans? The mindscape of ideas alone or the mindscape of ideas in a dialog with our “outer” nature (body and the old fashioned five senses @ once).

    I found a way of melting my mindscape and my fleshscape when reading lots of peter kingsley and practicing my morning chinese yoga and meditation (qi gong). But there is lots of different path to re-unite the mind with body so the joy of social life, of real and not virtual contact can really be something “sacred”.

    Japanese people known about sacred social rituals, like tea cerimony. I like to listen different cultures when they practice their way of living, not just talk about it.

    Any way, sorry my bad english, since i’m not north-american nor anglo-something! (but i love american comics and animation ’till the 70′s!) :D

    “animated” hugs.
    great site!

  • Poochy

    For someone who really values nature and brings out its beauty in his films, I find it surprising that Miyazaki is being chided for being the stereotypical old man. Well, I suppose that factors into his grim outlook on life and the future, but his heart is in the right place. Also, let’s not forget that the Japanese, being one of the most technologically advanced, are a lot more immersed in technology from childhood than many of us in the Western world can imagine. I find that Miyazaki’s movies are the most beautiful depiction of nature, and that warmth can only be felt from those who have experienced it – as Miyazaki himself said in a previous interview – a lot of people in today’s urban societies are forgoing on this experience, subsequently so are the new pool of animations that want to helm Studio Ghibli.

  • http://hedgehog-rover.deviantart.com Martin Juneau

    Agreed what i tough of the today’s society.
    We’re living like in a virtual world without any experiences of lifes. That’s we miss for.

  • some commenter

    Although he’s starting to remind me of George Lucas, I have to agree with the statement about young people living in a virtual world.

    I came of age before home computers, served in the military, tempted fate on numerous occasions, earned a living by the sweat of my brow, traveled a bit here and there. I see kids now who only know keyboards. At most, they “play” at something, like snowboarding, or driving badly. Not much original is going to come out of them. As Thoreau said: “How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”

    Miyazaki, however, only contributes to the virtual world. Message to his employees: Quit. Go out and live. Then have a story to tell.

  • http://theanimatron.wordpress.com Barry

    I love Miyazaki and his films, but couldn’t you consider his films “modern animation”?

  • http://kambodiahotel.blogspot.com Moro

    Being the best tends to turn one into a crab. Who would have thunk.=p

  • J. Shamblin

    There’s so many defensive people visiting this blog. C’mon, so what if Miyazaki doesn’t like modern animation. It doesn’t make him a jerk for knowing what he likes and dislikes or any less of a genius. The man is entitled to his opinion.

    Know what I can’t stand? Intolerance.

  • http://karnabal.blogspot.com/ Dennis S.

    Hayao Miyazaki is one of my animation heroes and I really love his animated films and I think he is a genius.

    I also think that if I ever get a chance to work for/with him (yes i’m dreaming), we probably won’t get along. Why? Because I hear he’s kind of a tyrant. It’s either his way or the highway.

    It just so happens that his way is amazingly beautiful. Which is not to say that it is the only beautiful way.

    He’s like Walt Disney. Also like Hans Bacher (production designer extraordinaire), whom I’ve had the pleasure of learning from personally albeit briefly. Geniuses are quite alike. They’re very very opinionated. We won’t always agree with them but we will always learn something from what they have to say.

  • http://none Joseph Garcia

    Don`t you think the “young people” he`s refering to is his son?Remember he directed “Tales of the Earthsea”and he didn`t like the idea.

  • http://gagaman.blogspot.com/ Aaron Foster

    He certainly has a point about being stuck in a world of computers, sounds like he was describing myself. I’m sure my animation would be far better if I had more experiences of life outside of my digital little nest, but once you’re stuck in it it’s not an easy thing to get back out of, at least for me. I’ve been stuck in a rut for months now barely motivated to do anything because of it. The amount of hours he puts into his work though, you’d think he hasn’t had a lot of time to live outside of that world he has created either, though I could be wrong as i don’t know how he manages his time.

  • VioletR

    I like that he is sure of himself. I agree with him, because, well, in comparison, our cartoons we run in America are definately below par against most anime being churned out.

    I don’t see how people are getting so bent over him saying my generation is attached to technology at the hip. It’s true; If you are too lazy to get out into the real world and take school courses online nowadays, you wont have a life outside of the online world. People need interactions, they need to experience things.

    I might sit here at a computer half of my day, but I do get out, do things, have a life.

    Americans are too proud of themselves, I’d say. If someone foreign tries to critisize us, we get all pissy. “How the heck would you know, Stupid Foreigner!?” It’s easier to see the mistakes by observing with unclouded eyes from the outside, rather than looking with our pride-filled, insider eyes.

  • Igor Coric

    I believe Miyazaki’s comment has been “lost in translation”. It’s a quote and should be taken as one. I really can’t judge his mind on this rather poor written article based on an interview given to another newspaper. If I eventually do find the interview from an original issue of Hong Kong’s Sunday Morning Post written in English, I will be glad to share my thoughts on his original words.
    Anyway, I partially belong to this group of “Young people surrounded by virtual things”, my computer animation does feed me, but the comment I read hasn’t hurt my feelings at all, because I do feel pretty happy with what I do and how I do it, and part of my happiness does come from the fact that one of the beacons I used in creating my own animated world is Hayao’s working ethics in pursuing perfection through lot’s of hard work, although my vision of perfection is on the opposite from his.

  • http://www.jessica-plummer.com Jessica Plummer

    lol @ Tim Drage.

    I come to this blog and find people bawwwwing every day over The Man and what’s good animation and what’s not, but as soon as a seasoned vet comments on YOU…how dare he!

  • Mesterius

    I agree with Andrew (Osmond) way up there… that DVD documentary sounds much more believable than a vaguely written article which is probably giving us a wrong picture of Miyazaki’s opinions. As I know he’s been a friend of John Lasseter for a long time, I can’t get myself to believe he has never watched any Pixar movies. And it doesn’t surprice me one bit that Hayao liked the consept of Brad Bird’s The Incredibles!

    Seriously, his quotes on “modern animation” where he thinks “the images are too weird and eccentric” must at least refer to something else than Pixar.

  • Anonymous

    The only thing that’s lost its imagination is his character designs. Oh wait, Miyazaki never had any imagination in that category.

  • http://www.omanaman.com omanaman

    Why does he allow the English version of his films to perverted by all of that Hollywood voice talent? Matt Damon & Tina Fey!?

  • Anna

    *facepalm* someone please tell hollywood to stop stuffing “popular” actors into dubs of things
    Just because they can act in front of camera, doesn’t mean they can voice act! Two totally separate things

    oooh, and Miyazaki’s “you damn kids get off my lawn!” quotes are gold.

  • ang

    Check out Miyazaki Hayao’s real thoughts on employing newbies and interns on the “Ghibliworld” site and the 25th of July 2008 posting. Sound familiar? Check out the rest of the site that reveals a very humble, humourous master artist focused on pushing his art and not always taking the easy part. I love his work because I always imagine how wonderful it is when seen through the eyes of the child. Watching it my inner child is saved from being drowned out by all the harshness, hate and cynicism in the world. Pixar people obviously also love Miyazaki so much that they contributed to the Totoro project where illustrations titled “My Totoro” are auctioned off to help save the actual forest that inspired the one in “Totoro”. Miyazaki Hayao is a hardworking, grounded animator, aware of his context in the world and is not afraid to follow his dream of making his own films. Hes 68 years young and definitely a role model for many of us.

  • VioletR

    It’s tiring hearing all the other dub actors over and over. Like Recycled trash that does save the enviroment, but otherwise people look over it.

    Chances are, if they’re good enough actors, they can do voice acting.

  • Feh

    I can’t stand Miyazaki’s limited animation.

  • http://www.buzzabit.com Aaron Sullivan

    Miyazaki is likely commenting on his own experiences in Ghibli and his contemporaries in Japan. He wouldn’t be wrong about many young people in the rest of the world, though. :)

    As far as casting actors, it has its ups and downs. Matt Damon is a proven voice actor and serious about his work. No problem there. All the naysayers about famous people as voice actors please acknowledge the GIANT upside:
    There would be no region-code friendly releases nationally and far less awareness of Miyazaki and Takahata without the familiar names backing up the marketing for his films. If you deny this, you are delusional.

    In a perfect world it wouldn’t be needed because people would always find great cinema without advertising or shallow opinions (and the most talented voice actors would be just as recognized anyway), but we ain’t in that world. Agreed?

  • KarmaRocketX

    Sorry, I have to disagree.

    First I cannot stand Miyazaki or his films. Honestly, I think he isn’t trying to make a point with the things he says, he is just a curmudgeony asshole. Plain and simple.

    Secondly, I believe his films are remarkably pretentious, pompous and vastly overrated. People love to ooh and ahh at the fluid animation and purportedly “artsy” style of generally having random, nonsensical things happen with regularity, but aside from this, there’s really nothing appealing I see about his stories, or the end result of his films.

    I believe they are overblown, overbudgeted, exercises in half-assed experimentalism, and completely unentertaining, personally speaking.

    I believe he is a pompous individual trying to pass off overbudgeted experiments with narratives and stories that are unclear, at best as art or entertainment, and a lot of people are mesmerized soley by his imaginative visuals with loads of money poured into making them move, blind to the fact that they mean little to nothing, in the end.