"In order to grow your audience, you must betray their expectations."
And that's why he won the Oscar.The co-founder of Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki is the single most successful and renowned animator in Japan since Osamu Tezuka, and by far the most famous Japanese animator worldwide.Miyazaki's father and uncle owned a large airplane factory, and airplanes were the first things he drew when he began to learn how; the influences of growing up around flying machines have resonated throughout his work since.He began his career in the eary-'60s at Toei, but came to prominence writing and directing anime for television in the '70s; not only did he direct several episodes of the Lupin III Green Jacket TV series, his first feature film was an action-adventure caper flick starring the Lupin characters: The Castle of Cagliostro (which is now an acknowledged classic, despite some wholesome liberties). In addition to his early writing and directing work, he also lent his artistic talents to numerous anime series during this time, providing - among other things - storyboards, scene design, organisation, and occasional key animation for the early entries into the World Masterpiece Theater series.In 1984, Miyazaki and producer Isao Takahata scraped together a staff and enough financial support to make a feature film: Nausicaš of the Valley of the Wind, based on a manga Miyazaki was writing at the time. It was so successful that Takahata and Miyazaki were able to set up their own studio — Ghibli — which has been their base of operations since.It may be some indicator of the stature and craftmanship of Miyazaki to know that Disney has paid exorbitant amounts of money to be the exclusive distributor of his works in English on his terms, Nausicaa having previously suffered both a Macekre (Warriors of the Wind) and video game derivatives that completely missed the point. Legend has it that when he heard that Princess Mononoke was going to be altered for American audiences, he sent Miramax (the American-language version's producers) a katana with a two-word note attached: "No cuts". He has gained notoriety for being bitingly vocal in his own beliefs, making him a unique case of an executive who goes by his word; he explained that he was not present to accept the Academy Award in 2003 because America was at war with Iraq. He is also a feminist, which should make it no big surprise that nearly all of his films feature female main characters. He doesn't keep in touch in high-tech gadgets and consumer products, with only his most popular titles having CG elements in them... later shutting down his CG department entirely. In fact, he's quite critical to the high-tech materialistic society as he compared the iPad to "masturbation," as well as Moe and otaku culture, whom he perceives as being overtly sexist.Currently, he stands as the only anime director to be recognized with Hollywood's highest honor: the Academy Award. His 2001 film Spirited Away won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film in 2003, improbably defeating both Ice Age and Lilo & Stitch; the film's unprecedented and unexpected Oscar win caused Disney to widen the film's theatrical release for a few weeks prior to the film's DVD release, and the film itself was widely applauded by film critics, anime fans, and animation enthusiasts alike. (Miyazaki would be nominated for, and lose, the same award three years later with Howl's Moving Castle.)He enjoys Green Aesops, Airships, and Scenery Porn; has an unexplained love for pigs, and he's also responsible for a fair amount of Nightmare Fuel. His films all have flying scenes with the exception of Princess Mononoke and Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea. He's also not particularly fond of the simplistic concepts of good vs. evil, preferring instead to place both sides in the grey. He also has his own fan-made Religion.He has retired from making feature films, with The Wind Rises being his last. However, despite going into a "retirement", he's working on a future manga title.Notable television:
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