"In order to grow your audience, you must betray their expectations."
— Hayao Miyazaki
And that's why he won the Oscar.Hayao Miyazaki, is both the co-founder of Studio Ghibli and the single most successful and renowned animator in Japan since Osamu Tezuka (which also makes him the most famous Japanese animator worldwide).Miyazaki's father and uncle owned a large airplane factory, and as a child, Miyazaki mostly drew airplanes when he first learned how to draw; 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, including several episodes of the Lupin III (Green Jacket) TV series. This led to his first feature film work as director of an action-adventure caper flick starring the Lupin characters: The Castle of Cagliostro (which, despite its liberties with the characters, has become an acknowledged classic for both the Lupin franchise and Miyazaki). In addition to his early writing and directing work, he also lent his artistic talents to numerous anime series during this time by 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 Miyazaki-penned manga. The film's success allowed Miyazaki and Takahata to set up their own studio — Ghibli — which became their base of operations from then onwards.One indicator of the stature and craftmanship of Miyazaki comes from who licenses his films in the United States: Disney paid exorbitant amounts of money to become the exclusive distributor of his works in English on his terms. Nausicaa suffered both a Macekre (Warriors of the Wind) and video game derivatives that completely missed the point of the film; when he heard that Miramax would alter Princess Mononoke for American audiences, he allegedly sent the American-language version's producers a katana with a two-word note attached: "No cuts".Miyazaki has gained notoriety for vocalizing his beliefs regardless of whom he might offend, which makes him a unique case of an executive who goes by his word. He didn't accept his 2003 Academy Award in person because America had gone to war with Iraq and he had refused to travel to the US. He also considers himself 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; only his most popular titles have CG elements in them, and he later shut down Ghibli's entire CG department. He has also openly criticized high-tech materialistic societies (he once compared the iPad to "masturbation") and Moe and otaku culture (which he perceives as overtly sexist).Miyazaki currently stands alone as the only anime director recognized by 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 Disney's own 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; both film critics and fans of animation (Japanese or otherwise) heaped praise upon the film. (Miyazaki received a nomination for the same award in 2006 with Howl's Moving Castle and in 2013 for The Wind Rises.)He enjoys Green Aesops, Airships, and Scenery Porn. He has an unexplained love for pigs. Animation fans consider him responsible for a fair amount of Nightmare Fuel. His films (save for Mononoke and Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea) all have flying scenes in them, further showing his affinity for airplanes.He dislikes the simplistic concepts of Black and White Morality (i.e. "good vs. evil"); he eschews this approach by placing both sides in the grey.He has his own fan-made religion.He anounced his retirement from making feature films after the release of The Wind Rises, but this turned out to be his third time retiring and then backing out of retirement. He also has plans for a future manga title.
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