Delmonico Books recently published a comprehensive overview of Hayao Miyazaki’s iconic films. The book is part of a larger exhibition on Studio Ghibli that recently opened at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles, a space considered the largest institution dedicated to the history, science, and cultural impact of filmmaking.
Presented by Academy Museum curator Jessica Niebel, the Miyazaki exhibit presents 300 works of art that include concept sketches and animation cells rarely seen outside of Japan. In addition, there are a number of intriguing installations, such as an ethereal glowing sculpture that recreates many of the portal-like events in Miyazaki’s films.
Unlike Disney, which Niebel says is “sort of binary: good or bad,” Ghibli movies contain “a lot of ambiguity — good people suffer,” she added. Miyazaki is no stranger to the tumult of war, when he was just four years old, he and his family tried to flee Tokyo as it was bombed by US forces. On the way they were supposed to pick up passengers, but had to refuse a begging woman because the van was full. Miyazaki always felt a sense of regret that she had never said anything at the time. In a previous interview, the filmmaker would deal with that trauma “by writing stories of children who say, ‘No, we have to do things differently, we have to lead the adults to a better way of thinking.'”
Visitors can now get lost in the beautiful tunnels and installations featured in many cherished Ghibli films. The exhibition is both an exploration of Miyazaki’s world building and the many lessons colorfully painted in it. Hayao Miyazaki can be seen in the Academy Museum until June 5, 2022.
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