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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) Poster

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Hayao Miyazaki was so upset by the original international cut version that he sent a samurai sword to the Executive at Disney with a simple note which read: "No cuts."
The lack of color fidelity used in certain versions give many people the impression that Naushika flies around in a miniskirt with a bare butt. This is not the case, she's wearing pants that happen to be roughly the same color as her skin, and the "skirt" is actually the lower part of her coat.
After the original, heavily re-written and edited 1980s release of this film in the United States (as "Warriors of the Wind"), which substantially changed the movie, Hayao Miyazaki demanded that any new licensor for his films be contractually bound to do no edits whatsoever aside from a straight translation and dub. Disney (who bought the rights to all of Miyazaki's films except Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979)) has honored this stipulation.
Nausicaä is the name of a character in Homer's Odyssey.
263 colors were used in the film.
Many of the pieces of technology that the Tolmekians use bear a passing visual resemblance to German technology from the WWII era. For example, their large transport airships are visually similar to the ME 323 "Gigant" transport plane, their weapons are reminiscent of FG-42 paratrooper rifles, and their tanks appear similar to Sturmhaubitze 42 assault guns.
The name Mehve (Nausicaä's glider) is derived from "Möwe", the German word for "seagull".
The military planes invading the Valley have yellow wingtip undersides. Hitler's Luftwaffe had similar yellow identification markings during German invasions of surrounding countries.
Ohmu means "king of the insects" in Japanese. It is short for "O-mushi" ("big/great insect").
56,078 traditional "cels" were used in the film.
Adapted from the first two volumes of the original manga which Hayao Miyazaki wrote and drew for Animage from February 1982 through March 1994. He took breaks from working on the manga & worked on the earlier anime films he did. The manga is longer and more complex than the movie, featuring many more characters and places.
While many consider this to be a Studio Ghibli film, it was actually created before the studio was properly founded. The first movie produced by Studio Ghibli was "Castle in the Sky."
"Oobaba" translates into English as "great old woman".
Kazunori Itô wrote the first draft of this movie.
Because it was an original story with no promotional tie in to anything, Hayao Miyazaki wrote a comic to get it produced.
The climatic God Soldier scene was animated by Hideaki Anno, who would soon go on to make a name for himself at the Gainax studio.

Director Trademark 

Hayao Miyazaki:  [flying]  Nausicaä flies on her Mehve in many scenes of the the movie, and gives Mehve lessons during the credits.

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