THE LIST OF HAYAO MIYAZAKI’S TIMELESS ANIMATED FILMS
Isn’t it more enjoyable to rewatch the timeless classics of Hayao Miyazaki’s animated films? What is more exciting is that most of it are available in DVD’s and digital copies and one way to feed our excitement is to re-watch it again but how do you rank Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli’s animated films?
In this article, let us take a step back through time and list down Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli‘s timeless animated films according to movie critics who have watched it.
- Spirited Away (2001)- The story tells about a family that took a wrong turn on its way to their new house where the daughter, a 10-year old girl plunges into a very dark adventure where she encountered several spirits, witches, monsters, and creatures who have fantastic characteristics which movie critics describe as the most mesmerizing and expansive film that Miyazaki made.
- Princess Mononoke (1997)- Considered an epic animated film, Princess Mononoke is a very powerful film that pleas the living in the balance with nature, and a riveting adventure that takes us back to the feudal age of Japan. The film caught the attention of the West particularly in America which changed westerners treat Japanese animated films.
- My Neighbor Totoro (1988)- This classic tells the story of sisters Satsuki and Mei who overcame their worst fears with the help of their imaginary friends. The story is set in a ramshackle country cottage. Their adventure led them to meet not just their imaginary friends but also interesting creatures like the slyly grinning cat that becomes a fluffy and furry bus. Of course, the very lovable Totoro becomes the centerpiece of the film and Miyazaki was able to showcase a very simple and childlike plot but it turned out to be tremendously moving, which became a portal of joy and childhood terrors.
- Porco Rosso (1992) – Although it was not one of the more popular Miyazaki animated films, this however, paid homage to the vintage films of Howard Hawks aerial dogfights with the animation beautifully drawn and colored which is uncomparable to anything Miyazaki has done. The story tells the adventures of fighter pilot Porco Rosso or the Crimson pig which is set in the 1930’s Hollywood romantic adventure. The film was so fun and exciting, a lot of movie critics recommend it for everyone of all ages.
- Castle in the Sky (1986)- This was the first Studio Ghibli movie but the production that Miyazaki made was not that complex and polished finely compared to his other films but its action-packed adventure leaves movie critics in awe because of its near perfect animation sequences. The story tells a girl that was chased by airborne pirates and corrupt government officials as she tries to save the Laputa, a floating castle from destruction. The movie’s setting is steampunk-style architecture, customers and vehicles that also features giant robots.
- Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)- The story tells about Howl, a half-man, a half-bird magician who is a wanderer in the countryside where he met Sophie, a young woman who was turned into an old woman by a witch’s curse. This dark fable was a hit for Miyazaki’s fans which took eccentric turns, that have a very deep connection to emotions and the different roles of the characters.