Watch: Hayao Miyazaki Tribute Video on 'The Essence of Humanity'

October 7, 2015
Source: YouTube

The Essence of Humanity

"Creating animation means creating a fictional world. That world soothes the spirit of those who are disheartened and exhausted from dealing with the sharp edges of reality." Time for another stunning look at the work of Hayao Miyazaki in a 16-minute tribute video about "The Essence of Humanity" in his films. Made by Lewis Bond, the same guy behind Channel Criswell who also made the Colour in Storytelling video, it's an extensive look at Miyazaki's focus on the emotional intricacies of his subjects, and storytelling in his films. He even explores some of his history, referencing how the Russian animated film The Snow Queen (1957) first showed the potential of human emotion in animation. This is a good one - take a watch.

Description from YouTube: "Fantasy and realism blend perfectly in the world of Miyazaki. Today we look at the genius behind it all." Thank you to The Film Stage for the tip on this tribute video. Back in 2013, Hayao Miyazaki announced that he was retiring after finishing work on The Wind Rises, and Studio Ghibli has since stopped making animated feature films after the release of When Marnie Was There, though they are still working on other things. It's always wonderful to see tributes to so many great Miyazaki movies: Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Porco Rosso, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, NausicaƤ of the Valley of the Wind and Ponyo. Which of his films are your favorite?

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Wind Rises is my favourite. I own the bluray, the art book, the storyboard book and the soundtrack. Love it. I wish his studio had made a film adaptation of the game Eternal Sonata, where Chopin explores a fantasy world while on his deathbed in the real world. Seemed right in their wheelhouse.

OfficialJab on Oct 7, 2015


There should be a companion piece to this short doco on Joe Hisaishi, the sound behind Studio Ghibli.

DAVIDPD on Oct 7, 2015


Really? His classics are unbeatable! They're the best. I like The Wind Rises, but don't love it. I tried to rewatch it again recently, it just lacks some of the magic of his other films, and I know I know that's not the point, but still... That said, I love the passion in the film, and the attention to detail in the animation and all the aircraft. Truly, every film he has ever made is amazing, even if I debate between them.

Alex Billington on Oct 8, 2015


He's the best. A big 'ideas' man.

Carpola on Oct 7, 2015

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