The Man Never Takes a Break

Now that Ponyo on a Cliff by the Sea is complete and awaiting its release next month, what is Hayao Miyazaki's next move? Another series of short films for the Ghibli Museum. Hah! The man seriously never takes a break.

Just to give you an example of the legendary Miyazaki Work Ethic, during the production of Ponyo, he also found the time to design and build a children's nursery, a giant city clock, and restore a vintage Japanese inn. Now it's off to the next two or three short films. Is it possible for Miyazaki to be working harder in his 60s?

This never ceases to amaze me. It's too bad that, as an American, I'll never see any of Miyazaki's Ghibli Museum short films during his lifetime (I predict these movies will see global distribution after his passing), but it is endlessly inspiring to see these things happen. Japanese children are so lucky....


Johan said...

he should keep on pumping out movies while he is young

Gargron said...

Oh I'm very sad he's alredy 60+... I hope he'll make one film more after Ponyo.
And, why can't you see these short movies in America?

Johan said...

they are the main attraction in the ghibli museum, so releasing them would mean a lot less visitors. allthough if he is to make even more short films i see no reason to release some of the old ones, as a tease if nothing else.

i'm pretty sure he will keep making movies untill he's 80, even if he says he's retiring nobody believes him now anyway

Yaxin said...

not only the japanese kids are lucky.

the Master will die happily doodling some future wonders.

Daniel Thomas MacInnes said...

I'm not looking forward to Miyazaki's death....or anyone else, for that matter. Life only begins at 67, right?

I should write a post about the short films at the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Japan. As to why those movies won't be seen anywhere else, it's down to Miyazaki's insistence that this museum, and the children, should be shielded from overt commercialism. These are expressly animations that won't be sold anywhere else. It's a refreshing attitude, a very real change from the standard American corporate mentality. But what did you expect from a pack of aging '60s Marxists?

Again, I'll go into detail sometime this weekend, provided I can get to a computer for a spell.

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