In keeping with my string of Nausicaa posts over the weekend, I wanted us to take a look at the original 1984 trailer to the movie. I always enjoy movie previews, and Hayao Miyazaki has been blessed with some very good trailers. Nausicaa-as-super heroine is played fully in these cuts; the set and setting of the story are assumed to be already known to the fans of the monthly Animage manga.
Two things that really impress me about this trailer. First, it's not dominated by ultra-fast cuts. Compare this to the standard operating procedure of today, where the previews try to throw the entire movie at the audience at Ludicrous Speed. Second, notice that all the big action scenes are left out. You would think the spectacular action would take center stage, like the scene of the God Warrior firing on the Ohmu stampede. You'd also think we'd see a clip from Nausicaa's flashback scene, which is arguably the film's greatest moment. No, these things are left for the viewers to discover. Very classy.
The most notable thing for me is the pop song, which is attached to this trailer and also appears on the Nausicaa soundtrack album (released on LP/CD). There's quite a bit of early '80s synth pop in Joe Hisaishi's score, and in its own oddly goofy way, this song fits. That said, I am sooo thankful this song wasn't shoehorned into the movie.
One of the long-term goals for The Ghibli Blog is to create the definitive database for all things Studio Ghibli. This includes movie trailers, videos, posters, screenshots, and essays. As you can see from the menu, we've made a lot of progress, but we still have a long way to go. This is just a fancy way of saying I'll probably be throwing a lot of trailers on the blog in coming weeks, heh.