Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) Poster


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Hayao Miyazaki was still so upset by the 'Warriors of the Wind' version of Nausicaa that when Harvey Weinstein was threatening to do a similar heavily cut version of Princess Mononoke (1997), Miyzaki sent a katana to Weinstein with 'NO CUTS.' embedded into its blade.
After the heavily re-written and edited 1985 release of this film in the United States and Europe (as "Warriors of the Wind"), which substantially changed the movie in addition to cutting nearly 25 minutes of footage, Hayao Miyazaki was hesitant to release any of his film's outside of Japan. 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 The Castle of Cagliostro (1979)) has honored this stipulation.
Nausicaä is the name of a character in Homer's Odyssey.
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.
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.
Because it was an original story with no promotional tie in to anything, Hayao Miyazaki wrote a comic to get it produced.
Ohmu means "king of the insects" in Japanese. It is short for "O-mushi" ("big/great insect").
While many consider this to be a Studio Ghibli film, it was actually created before the studio was properly founded, and is instead a production of Topcraft. Studio Ghibli was officially founded in 1985, and its first production was Castle in the Sky (1986).
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. Also, Asbel in his red gunship resembles the Red Baron, the dreaded German fighter pilot of WWI.
The name Mehve (Nausicaä's glider) is derived from "Möwe", the German word for "seagull".
"Oobaba" translates into English as "great old woman".
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.
The military planes invading the Valley have yellow wingtip undersides. The Nazi Luftwaffe had similar yellow identification markings during German invasions of surrounding countries.
56,078 traditional "cels" were used in the film.
Kazunori Itô wrote the first draft of this movie.
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Patrick Stewart who voiced Lord Yupa also played Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Captain Picard had an artificial heart that he needed installed after a run in with a Nausican (s06e15 "Tapestry).
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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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