Monday, April 20, 2009
Hayao Miyazaki is the Walt Disney of Japan
He remained largely unknown to the West, outside of animation communities, until Miramax released his 1997 Princess Mononoke.
Several anime features created by Studio Ghibli have won the Anime Grand Prix award including Castle in the Sky in 1986, My Neighbor Totoro in 1988, and Kiki's Delivery Service in 1989. In 2002, Spirited Away won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature, the first anime film to win an Academy Award.
In addition to being a director, Miyazaki also draws manga. His major work was the Nausicaä manga.