The history of traditional animation dates back to the beginning of the 20th century, with the inspired lucubration of the moving image and the accelerated technological transformations of the time. Three decades of development, and by the hand of the binary, computing revolution, this art would experience a sort of rebirth.

Precisely within this context, the career of one of the most brilliant animators would be inaugurated. Hayao Miyazaki’s name and fame has been effusively spread, and he deserves nothing less, since he was able to take the fantasy and fiction of 2D animation and present it with a brand new outlook. During a time when graphic programs and 3D animations can sell out most box offices thanks to the expertise of animators and programmers, Miyazaki has earned one of the highest positions among cult creators ––his works are not fleeting titles which become merged with the other mainstream storylines that seem to multiply on their own and we can easily forget.

His visual narrative is subtle; the enjoyment we get from his films lies in the flirtation of the fabrics and in the swirls of the elements. The characters are drawn with harmonized and minimalist strokes, so that they can reach the very limits of expression: the expression of the hair emphasizes the exclamations, and is combined with the faces’ delicate gestures. It is because of all these details that the audience can identify themselves with the characters and the mission of the protagonists.

Miyazaki’s animations are characterized by the way they extol profound fantasy —that which flows from dreams, initiation journeys and the deepest transformations. He proposes his vision of life in each one of his works. Hidden in his fantasy we can find the most fundamental aspect of our era, while at once he stimulates the imagery which makes us more sensitive, both perceptibly and emotionally.

In few words, the animated universe would not be the same without Miyazaki, who found the way of connecting the spectators with the profound magic of fantasy narrative —that which is found in the stories of yore, as well as in any dream and in every diurnal escape towards our associative and free imagination. An indelible contribution to humankind’s capital collective imagery.

The history of traditional animation dates back to the beginning of the 20th century, with the inspired lucubration of the moving image and the accelerated technological transformations of the time. Three decades of development, and by the hand of the binary, computing revolution, this art would experience a sort of rebirth.

Precisely within this context, the career of one of the most brilliant animators would be inaugurated. Hayao Miyazaki’s name and fame has been effusively spread, and he deserves nothing less, since he was able to take the fantasy and fiction of 2D animation and present it with a brand new outlook. During a time when graphic programs and 3D animations can sell out most box offices thanks to the expertise of animators and programmers, Miyazaki has earned one of the highest positions among cult creators ––his works are not fleeting titles which become merged with the other mainstream storylines that seem to multiply on their own and we can easily forget.

His visual narrative is subtle; the enjoyment we get from his films lies in the flirtation of the fabrics and in the swirls of the elements. The characters are drawn with harmonized and minimalist strokes, so that they can reach the very limits of expression: the expression of the hair emphasizes the exclamations, and is combined with the faces’ delicate gestures. It is because of all these details that the audience can identify themselves with the characters and the mission of the protagonists.

Miyazaki’s animations are characterized by the way they extol profound fantasy —that which flows from dreams, initiation journeys and the deepest transformations. He proposes his vision of life in each one of his works. Hidden in his fantasy we can find the most fundamental aspect of our era, while at once he stimulates the imagery which makes us more sensitive, both perceptibly and emotionally.

In few words, the animated universe would not be the same without Miyazaki, who found the way of connecting the spectators with the profound magic of fantasy narrative —that which is found in the stories of yore, as well as in any dream and in every diurnal escape towards our associative and free imagination. An indelible contribution to humankind’s capital collective imagery.

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