Hayao Miyazaki Interview with Johnathan Ross, Japanorama 2002

This interview was quite short so I didn’t get too much from it but I did take down these notes 

– Miyazaki doesn’t like to be called the Japanese Disney for various reasons, “Disney is a producer, not a director. They are a large company, they’re very keen to have everything in the world.”

– For his films, Miyazaki gets his references for characters and inspiration from the children around him. In this interview he talked about a friend of his who’s kids would go visit his cabin in the forest

– The first film Miyazaki directed himself was The Castle of Cagliostro (1979) Spielberg is supposedly said to have felt that car chase scene is one of the greatest ever

– The umbrella scene in My Neighbour Totoro (1988), wasn’t originally meant to be that long. It turned out that way while they were making it.

Princess Mononoke (1997) was Ghibli’s first export to the West, it didn’t do so well but Johnathan said that this is due to the West not being used to such a sophisticated animation.

-Also Miyazaki expected the adults and critics to understand what Princess Mononoke was about more than the kids but it turned out to be the kids who understood it more than the adults.

Spirited Away (2001) Miyazaki said that the adults who turn into the pigs represent how he feels about adults in Japan now. He said that they import food from all over the world and just keep eating. He finds it somewhat disgusting.

Hayao Miyazaki Interview with Johnathan Ross, Japanorama 2002


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