Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation : Films, Themes, Artistry

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Stone Bridge Press, Inc., 1999 - Art - 239 pages
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Artist-writer-director-producer Hayao Miyazaki is often called "the Walt Disney of Japan." His animated theatrical features have been smash hits in Japan, and many, including My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service, are already familiar to American audiences. Now, with Disney-Miramax's imminent release of Princess Mononoke,, Miyazaki's masterwork and one of the top-grossing film in all Japanese history, this "animation master" is about to take America and the world by storm.

Mixing first-hand interview and personal insights with critical evaluations of art, plot, production qualities, and literary themes, McCarthy provides a film-by-film appraisal that examines technique as well as message. She reveals Miyazaki to be not just a master of the art of animation, but a meticulous craftsman who sees his work as a medium for shaping the humanistic and environmental concerns of our times.

An overview of the artist and his early career is followed by in-depth examinations of seven major Miyazaki films: Nausicaš of the Valley of Wind, Laputa: Castle in the Sky, Castle of Cagliostro, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Porco Rosso, and Princess Mononoke. Included are design and technical data, story synopses and character sketches, personnel and filmography data, and critical evaluation. Illustrations throughout, in color and black and white, show the detail and vigor of Miyazaki's art.

Written for anime fans as well as students of film, literature, and popular culture, McCarthy's book raises animation criticism to a whole new level and is an essential guide to the work of a world-class filmmaker.

London-based Helen McCarthy is author of Anime! A Beginner's Guide to Japanese Animation, The Anime Movie Guide, and (with Jonathan Clements) The Erotic Anime Movie Guide. She appears frequently on radio and TV and at conferences around the world.

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Review: Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation

User Review  - Michael Alexander Henke - Goodreads

I purchased this book when I was first getting into anime, and I've had it for a very long time. It was originally published in 1999 and was most likely purchased around then. After sitting around for ... Read full review

Review: Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation

User Review  - Paul - Goodreads

Really interesting introduction to Miyazaki and his work up to Princess Mononoke. Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Helen McCarthy is the former editor of Anime UK and Manga Mania magazines, and the author of The Anime Movie Guide and Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation. She has been awarded the Japan Festival Award for outstanding contributions to the understanding of Japanese culture.

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