Photos - Ponyo at El Capitan
A pair of shots from the Ponyo screening at El Capitan theater on Friday night. Miyazaki made an appearance and spoke to the people in attendence. If he appears overly serious and grim in this photo, you may be right. He does not enjoy these promotional events, and certainly has no stomach for the machinations of the movie business. It was John Lasseter who convinced him to fly across the Pacific for Ponyo.
This excellent photo (both come from Disney/Pixar's Twitter crew) shows us a complicated, serious artist. What is going through his mind? What does he think when he sees the commercialized gloss of Hollywood, the dirty hues of the skyscrapers? I really do wish he had the opportunity to see America in a better light. Hollywood is the very embodiment of the industrialized civilization that he abhorrs. He should have the chance to see an open field of stars on the Minnesota roads, take in the sights of the boats and the birds on Lake Superior's Duluth harbor. Instead, here is Miyazaki, travelling down into the crypts of Shuwa. This is a doctor administering to a terminal patient.
As you can guess, I find myself agreeing with Miyazaki's grim view of our future. I honestly don't see how mankind can survive the 21st Century. It's basic arithmetic, and I just can't see an escape. This culture almost doesn't want to escape, and the coming collapse could be so very easily avoided. It's very strange, and very sad.