Peek Inside Miyazaki's Brain in Exclusive Studio Ghibli Clip
Hayao Miyazaki lets his imagination run wild in a new clip released in honor of this summer's Studio Ghibli Fest.
Still from My Neighbor Totoro, Hayao Miyazaki, 1988. Images courtesy GKIDS
Good news for Studio Ghibli fans, My Neighbor Totoro is coming to theaters all across the United States at the end of the month, sparking a summer-long retrospective of Hayao Miyazaki's masterful animated films called Studio Ghibli Fest. To mark the occasion, stateside Ghibli distributor GKIDS, is releasing an official clip from the 2013 documentary The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness for free on the internet for the first time right here on Creators.
The 90-second clip takes place during the production of The Wind Rises, which was to be the sensei of Japanese animation's final film before he came out retirement (not for the first time) to make Boro the Caterpillar. He and filmmaker Mami Sunada share an intimate minute of voyeurism, watching a neighbor water his plants. Miyazaki's imagination quickly takes over as he envisions an epic chase unfolding across the rooftops.
The minute-and-a-half-long clip is a window into Miyazaki's famous observational skills. His attention to small details and moments of relaxation are arguably why his fantasies are so immersive. He meticulously nails human movements, cooking food, and yes, watering plants. These details root viewers in reality—right up until he launches a character over the rooftops. "Suddenly, there in your humdrum town is a magical movie," Miyazaki says in the video. "Isn't it fun to see things this way?"
To illustrate his vision, the clip uses snippets from all the films that will air as part of Studio Ghibli Fest from June through November. My Neighbor Totoro owns June, Kiki's Delivery Service plays in July, Castle in the Sky in August, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind in September, Spirited Away in October, and Howl's Moving Castle in November.
My Neighbor Totoro will air dubbed on June 25 and subbed on June 26. Click here for tickets to Studio Ghibli Fest, and a schedule for all films screening at a theater near you.