Hayao Miyazaki, the famous Japanese animator and director, is retiring! What a great time to have a Miyazaki movie marathon!
I was first introduced to Miyazaki years ago by the anime club at Grand Valley State University – back in the days when you had to go to clubs to watch anime. His films range from epically awesome and beautiful to fun and exuberant to adventuresome but downright weird. I can say this much – you are always guaranteed a unique experience when you see a Miyazaki film.
If you wish to embark on a 24 hour Miyazaki movie marathon, I have a sample schedule ready to go for you below. Every film directed by Miyazaki is below, and one film which he didn’t direct but wrote the screenplay for is also included. I’ve ordered them in chronological order by release, so you can see his entire career from beginning to end.
Miyazaki Movie Marathon Movies
My take: Two girls discover forest spirits and have some fun with them. That’s it. No. Really. There is no villain. There really isn’t any conflict either. How would you classify this plot? Human vs. nature? No. Human vs. herself? Nope. Hm….
My take: A straightforward story of a jaded pilot, weary of the world, but yet compelled to do the right thing. Oh, did I mention he’s an anthropomorphic pig? He is. Why? Uh….something do to with a curse? I think?
My take: The Wizard Howl has a castle that can walk around on legs. It’s the magical equivalent of a Winnebago. Oh – and there’s a plot of a young woman cursed and she utilizes crazy flying machines or something.
My take: Little people live with big people and secretly steal their stuff to survive. Wouldn’t it be easier to just announce that you exist and live in tiny little houses? I suppose the morning commute to your tiny little job in your tiny little car would be a stressful. Maybe it is easier to just steal the big people’s stuff.
Miyazaki Movie Marathon Schedule
|12:00 PM||Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostiro|
|02:00 PM||Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind|
|04:00 PM||Castle in the Sky|
|06:15 PM||My Neighbor Totoro|
|08:00 PM||Kiki’s Delivery Service|
|10:00 PM||Porco Rosso|
|11:35 PM||On Your Mark|
|11:45 PM||Princess Mononoke|
|02:00 AM||Spirited Away|
|04:15 AM||Howl’s Moving Castle|
|08:00 AM||The Secret World Of Arrietty|
|09:45 AM||The Wind Rises|