My pal Quiet Bubble has a cool idea—a Hayao Miyazaki blog-a-thon on the weekend of May 12-14. Prior to this year's Academy Awards, there was an Altman blog-a-thon in which all kinds of blogs posted entries about film director Robert Altman's work, and Quiet Bubble has in mind something like that. He says that "neophytes and dissenters" are welcome. For details, go check QB's blog, and while you're there, read around. He's a smart and informed guy, and he writes well.
Miyazaki is a renowned anime (Japanese animation) creator and director. Children's literature folks may know him best for the movie "Howl's Moving Castle," which was adapted from the fantasy novel by Diana Wynne Jones.
From Quiet Bubble:
Over the past thirty years, there hasn’t been a more nimble, more socially conscious, more graceful, or more humane animator than Miyazaki. His oeuvre is one of the most wide-ranging and dynamic of any filmmaker—Japanese or otherwise, animator or otherwise—and yet his work is immediately recognizable. He’s written and directed slapstick comedies, social realist parables, mythological fantasies, and surreal dreamscapes.
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