Heidi Exhibit at the Ghibli Museum
Here is another terrific glimpse inside the Ghibli Museum. This video segment is from a Japanese tv show, where the young hostess gives us a peek inside (no cameras are allowed inside the museum). This episode was broadcast while the museum's exhibit was dedicated to Heidi, Girl of the Alps, one of the seminal masterpieces of anime.
Funny enough, this clip is dubbed and subtitled into Spanish, presumably for broadcast in a Spanish-speaking region. The Heidi exhibit would be instantly recognized just about anywhere, as it was exported throughout the globe in the 1970s. Everywhere, of course, except the United States.
There's one very interesting shot of an old photograph from that period. The camera gives a closeup of Heidi's three main creators: layout artist Hayao Miyazaki, character designer Yoichi Kotabe, and director Isao Takahata. They were each in their 30's when the series was created. They look so very young; at least Miyazaki and Kotabe do. Takahata, it seems, has always looked old. Must be the genius; he radiates a wisdom far, far beyond his years.
Someone should take a screenshot of that closeup and pass it around. We have so few photographs of when they were young.