(1941- ). Animator; one of the most famous creators of anime (Japanese animated films). Although largely unknown in the West outside of animation circles until the release of his film Princess Mononoke (Mononoke Hime) in 1999, his films have enjoyed huge box-office and critical success in Japan and East Asia for many years. His Spirited Away (2001) is the top-grossing film of all time in Japan. Miyazaki's films are distinguished by recurring themes, such as humanity's relationship to nature and technology and the difficulty of maintaining a pacifist ethic. The protagonists of his movies are often strong, independent girls or young women; the "villains" often turn out to be ambiguous characters with redeeming qualities. Other films include Howl's Moving Castle (2004), My Neighbor Totoro (1988, Tonari no Totoro), and Kiki's Delivery Service (1989). His success has invited comparisons with American animator Walt Disney. (from Wikipedia)
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