Hayao MIYAZAKI is one of
the greatest animators and directors in Japan. The entertaining plots,
compelling characters and breathtaking animation in his films have
earned him international renown from critics as well as public
recognition within Japan. Disney's commitment
to introduce the films to the rest of the world will let more people
appreciate the high-quality works Miyazaki has given us.
Hayao Miyazaki was born in Tokyo on January 5, 1941. He started his career in 1963 as an animator at the studio Toei Douga, and was subsequently involved in many early classics of Japanese animation. From the beginning, he commanded attention with his incredible ability to draw, and the seemingly-endless stream of movie ideas he proposed.
In 1971, he moved to A Pro with Isao Takahata, then to Nippon Animation in 1973, where he was heavily involved in the World Masterpiece Theater TV animation series for the next five years. In 1978, he directed his first TV series, Conan, The Boy in Future, then moved to Tokyo Movie Shinsha in 1979 to direct his first movie, the classic Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro.
In 1984, he released Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind, based on the manga (comic) of the same title he had started two years before. The success of the film led to the establishment of a new animation studio, Studio Ghibli, at which Miyazaki has since directed, written, and produced many other films with Takahata. All of these films enjoyed critical and box office successes. In particular, Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke received the Japan Academy Award for Best Film and was the highest-grossing (about US$150 million) domestic film in Japan's history until it was taken over by another Miyazaki work, Spirited Away.
In addition to animation, Miyazaki also
draws manga. His major work was the
Nausicaä manga, an epic tale he worked on intermittently
from 1982 to 1994 while he was busy making animated films. Another
manga, Hikoutei Jidai, was
later evolved into his 1992 film Porco Rosso.