Disney seems to have this strange and slightly creepy habit of erasing much of Hayao Miyazaki's film career. The "Behind the Microphone" feature from the 2006 DVD featured actors like Shia Labeouf declaring how happy they were to be working on "Miyazaki's first film." Of course, he's off by twenty years, which is worth a slight chuckle. Slightly more strange was the making-of-Ghibli featurette, which originally appeared on the Japanese DVD; the American version edited out footage from pre-Ghibli films such as Horus, Prince of the Sun and Castle of Cagliostro.
And now here's the text description on the back of the new Nausicaa Blu-Ray cover, which was released today (I'll bold the appropriate text):
"For the first time ever, the magic of Blu-Ray high definition reveals the exquisite details in Hayao Miyazaki's epic masterpiece, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. Experience the film that launched the Academy Award-winning career (2002: Best Animated Feature, Spirited Away) of one of the most celebrated filmmakers in the history of animation!
Yes, it seems Miyazaki is so celebrated that Disney is going to completely ignore everything he did before Nausicaa. Which also just happens to be the earliest movie in the Ghibli-Disney distribution contract. Imagine that. Normally, this isn't the sort of thing I'd think twice about, but I have read more than a couple website proclaim Nausicaa as the start of Miyazaki's career, and I'd like to set the record straight.