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Watch a High-Flying Video Dedicated to Miyazaki's Love of Flight

A soaring video essay captures the Japanese animation legend's love of airplanes and gravity-defying sequences.
Screencaps by the author.

Joe Hisaishi, the composer who put music to nearly all of Hayao Miyazaki's 11 feature films, once remarked in an interview that, "Many of his works have flying scenes and flying has always been the dream of human beings." In fact, few artists have so successfully captured how the imagination defies gravity than the My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, and Princess Mononoke director. A new film essay by Zach Prewitt gathers some of the 76-year-old director and producer's finest flights of fancy into a rejuvenating three-minute video.


Miyazaki, who recently announced he was coming out of retirement (again!), explains the paradox of his love for military airplanes and his hatred of war in the video below. While little is known about the narrative of his upcoming film, currently titled Boro the Caterpillar, an ending in which the protagonist transforms into a butterfly and attains flight would align with Miyazaki's fascination with airships, fantastical insect-winged aircraft, flying castles, and early 20th century aircraft. All of the above and more stretch their wings and take to the skies in Prewitt's Fandor-produced video which you can watch below.

See more of Zach Prewitt's work here.


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