Saturday, March 11, 2006

Excellent Blog

I've found a truly wonderful blog lately, written by Goro Miyazaki. Goro Miyazaki is the son of the animation genius Hayao Miyazaki. Hayao Miyazaki is the greatest animator who ever lived, and his Studio Ghibli makes the most beautiful animated movies in the world.

As a young man, Goro Miyazaki never wanted to compete with his legendary father. He made a career in urban planning and administration. He designed the Ghibli Museum, a building so exquisitely referential and playful it even has uptight snobs like me squealing like fangirls. When Studio Ghibli began a program to develop new animation talent, their President, Mr. Suzuki, invited Goro Miyazaki to join. He's hard at work on his first movie, Tales of the Earthsea, an adaptation of part of LeGuin's Earthsea Cycle.

In order to step out from under his father's shadow, Goro Miyazaki has been blogging the production of his movie. Along the way he talks about entering a new field of work as a mature adult, his changing perceptions of art and life, nature, Japanese family life, and a host of other topics.

Mr. Miyazaki is an enjoyable essayist. I have no idea how good his movie will be, but the film blog will appeal to every animation fan.

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