Happy birthday, Mr. Miyazaki

He’s a gift to the world.

Filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, the face of foreign animation to most Americans, turns 80 today, having given us some of the best films of the past century.

The Tokyo-born master began as an animator, moving into the role of director with The Castle of Cagliostro.

From there, he and Studio Ghibli delivered one stunner after another, from My Neighbor Totoro to Porco Rosso to my personal favorite, Spirited Away, which won a well-deserved Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film.

His films are funny, they are filled with sweeping emotion, and they delight.

Thank you, Mr. Miyazaki.

 

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