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Trivia / Nausicaš of the Valley of the Wind

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  • All-Star Cast: In both languages, kind of.
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  • Creator Killer: An interesting case - while Topcraft would survive another year after the film's release, including co-producing Tatsunoko's Macross: Do You Remember Love? and animating Adventures of the Little Koala, most of the staff that formed the basis of the studio would split off into both Ghibli and Pacific Animation Corporation not long after.
  • Defictionalization: The Opensky Aircraft Project, a group of amateur aviation enthusiasts in Japan who are attempting to create a working version of the Möwe. Ghibli apparently offered them official endorsement, but they declined because they didn't want Miyazaki and his crew to get in trouble if things went bad and somebody died during testing. As of July 31st 2016, they have flown a successful test flight of it.
  • Disowned Adaptation: Hayao Miyazaki was so dissatisfied with Warriors of the Wind that for more than a decade, only a few of his films were dubbed uncut and uncensored. Disney, Miramax's then-parent company, would later become Studio Ghibli's exclusive distributor in 1996, and this was when the films really began to make a mark on North American markets, but even they had to agree to the terms that came as a result of this. Studio Ghibli was so serious about this that one of the producers mailed a katana to Miramax's Harvey Weinstein, along with a note reading "NO CUTS" upon the agreement.
  • Doing It for the Art:
    • Hayao Miyazaki only wrote the manga because his higher-ups thought that an animated film was likely to bomb if it wasn't adapted from another work. However, even after Nausicaä finished its theatrical run, Miyazaki continued to write the manga off-and-on for ten more years.
    • In a different interview (seen on Disney's U.S. Bluray), Miyazaki says he created Nausicaä at Toshio Suzuki's request at a time when he wasn't getting work – though almost immediately after, he was hired as animation director for Sherlock Hound – and so he intentionally made a story that could not be easily adapted to animation... and then he was asked to do exactly that.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: New World's rights to Nausicaä expired in 1995, so chances are that VHS copies of Warriors of the Wind will be considerably expensive to find. This is also intentional: Miyazaki considered Warriors a Disowned Adaptation of his work.
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  • Old Shame: As per usual, Miyazaki is not proud of a lot of his work on this film/series. Much of the commentary accompanying various watercolour posters in the artbook are him saying how drawings "look[ed] wrong" or were too difficult to make or something else. The guy is known to be one of the most relentless self-critics in existence and has a well-deserved reputation for grouchiness, so this is just par for the course. At this point, most fans ignore him when he criticizes himself.
  • Self-Adaptation: Miyazaki is both the manga's author and the film's director.
  • Troubled Production: The movie's making was a dire process. Topcraft was heavily understaffed and was forced to hire extra animators, among them a young Hideaki Anno, who later revealed he had to sleep under his desk in the Topcraft offices because there was neither time nor money for regular lodging.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • After the movie was released, producer Suzuki and animator Anno proposed Miyazaki a sequel (or a spinoff, according to another version) centered on the Kushana wars, but Miyazaki rejected it, not liking the emphasis on violence. Producers still wanted to do a sequel for many years, so Miyazaki eventually conceded and entrusted the work to Anno in 2011, but the project entered Development Hell and they eventually desisted. Around this time, however, Miyazaki and Anno did a short live action film, Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo, featuring one of the God Warriors (whose animation had been done by Anno himself in Nausicaa).
    • Natalie Portman was considered to voice Nausicaä in Disney's dub before Alison Lohman was cast.
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