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Ever since master animator Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement from feature filmmaking in September 2013, the question hanging over Japanese animation has been: Who, if anyone, will step into his very large shoes?
This search for the “new Miyazaki” began long before the Oscar-winning auteur released his 2013 swan song, the WWII-themed “The Wind Rises.” Studio Ghibli, which was Miyazaki’s creative home for nearly three decades, has raised several putative successors, including Miyazaki’s son Goro, who directed “Tales From Earthsea” and “From Up on Poppy Hill,” and “The Secret World of Arrietty” helmer Hiromasa Yonebayashi, who made Ghibli’s last feature to date, this year’s Oscar-nominated “When Marnie Was There.”
But no animator working in the Japanese industry today has approached Miyazaki’s spectacular earnings for 2001 coming-of-age fantasy “Spirited Away.” Its $300 million domestic take reset the all-time record.
The shape of the post-Miyazaki animation landscape became clearer with the »
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The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences extended an invitation towards the director and co-founder of Studio Ghibli last summer, after his nomination for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year, for “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”. However, the 81-year-old filmmaker declined, citing that he is “being too busy at work”
In that aspect, the Academy’s recent effort to promote diversity seems to have started quite some time before the recent ruckus.
Hayao Miyazaki has received an invitation at least four times, and the third co-founder of Studio Ghibli, Toshio Suzuki, received one in 2014. However, Miyzaki and Kunio Kato are the only Japanese directors to win an Oscar, the first for “Spirited Away” and the second for the animation short “The House of Small Cubes”.
This year, the Academy has nominated Hiromasa Yonebashi’s “When Marnie Was There”, the latest production from Studio Ghibli.
- Panos Kotzathanasis
Our countdown of the top 100 films of the 21st Century (so far) concludes here with the top 25.
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The first decade and a half of the 21st century has brought a lot of changes to the landscape of film. The advancement and sophistication of computers has made realistic computer generated effects a mainstay in both big-budget and small-budget films. The internet and streaming technologies have given big Hollywood new competition in films produced independently and by non-traditional means. We went from purchasing films on yards of tape to plastic disks, and now we can simply upload them to the cloud. Advertisements for films have reached a higher, more ruthless level where generating hype through trailers and teasers is crucial for a film’s commercial success. Movie attendance has fluctuated along with the economy, but that hasn »
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