Last week I had a massive FAIL by not posting anything on here, I wasn’t feeling to well and was in no way inspired so I just did what I do best, become a real sloth. It was terrible. But while I was slowly recovering from feeling poorly I decided to have a massive Studio Ghibli binge.
While I have always been a massive fan of animated films, with all the Disney classics making my top list, none have touched me the way Disney’s Studio Ghibli does. I feel that if I had watched them when I was younger I would not have fully been able to grasp the stories and the beauty behind each of them. Maybe I am still a kid inside, because they never fail to make me smile and cry at the same time.
As a true romantic my two favourites are From Up on Poppy Hill and Howl’s Moving Castle, both creations of the truly amazing master Hayao Miyazaki, who is retiring after so many wonderful years of producing beautiful stories and art. He is one of my all-time favourite director/writer/producer in the business, as each one of his works hold a very special place in my heart. He is in my opinion, the King of storytelling. Once when talking about love and friendship he said:
I’ve become skeptical of the unwritten rule that just because a boy and girl appear in the same feature, a romance must ensue. Rather, I want to portray a slightly different relationship, one where the two mutually inspire each other to live – if I’m able to, then perhaps I’ll be closer to portraying a true expression of love.
And this I believe is what makes his stories so special and unique. There is none of the obvious attraction and expression of attraction most movies do, to show the growing and developing relationships of the hero and heroine. Rather, it is much more subtle and there is an emphasis on the importance of the discovery of one’s true self. While both these movies showcases such wonderful love stories, they are only this because they are not hidden behind the usual clichés, but rather like he says, by finding themselves, they find each other.
And this is where the true magic lies. In a world of beautiful and artistic animation, there is depth and substance that cannot be found in just any animation. There is a sense of reality in the story telling which makes the characters so endearing and memorable. I truly believe that even when I am fifty, I will want to sit and have a massive marathon of Studio Ghibli movies and enjoy them as much as I do now. They are timeless, and ageless in my opinion.