Hayao Miyazaki

The Boy And The Heron

‘The Boy and the Heron’ is Hayao Miyazaki at his Dreamiest


Listen. The chances of a parakeet being able to wield a sword are slim, but never zero.

Porco Rosso

‘Porco Rosso,’ PTSD, and Studio Ghibli’s Most Political Film


Better an incredibly charming bachelor pig than a fascist.

Disney Pixar Luca

Pixar Filmmaker Enrico Casarosa on the Movies That Made ‘Luca’


We talk to the Oscar-nominated animator about Hayao Miyazaki, Giulietta Masina, and what inspired and influenced his feature directorial debut.

Spirited Away

Growing Pains: Names, Autonomy, and the Changing Self in ‘Spirited Away’


A liminal journey through the spirit realm by any other name would smell as sweet…

Earwig And The Witch

‘Earwig and the Witch’ Pioneers a New Frontier for Studio Ghibli


Studio Ghibli’s first CGI feature sees the passing of the torch from father to son.

Lupin The Third

Reimagining an Icon in ‘Lupin III: The First’


Lupin III is one of the first icons of manga and anime history. A new film that takes the character into 3D animation for the first time lives up to all the expectations that come with that legacy.

Princess Mononoke Eye

‘Princess Mononoke’ and The Importance of Compassion


There are few people-watchers quite like Hayao Miyazaki

Howl's Moving Castle

The Comfort Food Paradox of ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’


A heart is a heavy burden. Here’s how, in spite of its grimness, Hayao Miyazaki’s film lightens the load.

Spirited Away Witch

The Folklore That Inspired Studio Ghibli’s ‘Spirited Away’


‘Spirited Away’ is rife with references to traditional Japanese folklore and belief systems. Let’s delve into the film’s fascinating mythology.