EW Meets Lasseter and Miyazaki

Hey, that sounds like one of those old "celebrity" episodes of Scooby Doo, heh heh...did Johnathan Winters really appear on Scooby Doo?

Anyway, Entertainment Weekly was lucky enough to talk with John Lasseter and Hayao Miyazaki at last week's Comic Con, where they talk about Ponyo, Lasseter's inspiration from Ghibli, and the possibility of a joint collaboration between the two filmmakers (both say no). Here is Lasseter's insights on how Ghibli's movies have influenced Pixar:

EW: John, you spoke earlier about how Miyazaki’s movies have inspired you. Can you speak specifically about moments in his work that have helped you in yours?

Lasseter: In A Bug’s Life there's a rescue where all the bugs rescue Princess Dot from this huge bird that’s attacking her. And one of my favorite sequences in Miyazaki’s films is in Castle in the Sky where there's this unbelievable rescue that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The main character rescues this girl from a fort that’s being destroyed and it’s breathtaking. One of the other amazing sequences to me is in My Neighbor Totoro when the cat bus first arrives. In Hollywood movies tend to get faster and faster, more action and action. What I love about Miyazaki is he takes a breath and he lets something just be there. And that makes what comes after it all the more amazing. I think UP is a great example of PIxar having more quiet moments so the action moments are more balanced, and that is attributed to
Miyazaki.

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