Hayao Miyazaki

83, from Tokyo, Japan

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Biography

Hayao Miyazaki (Miyazaki Hayao, born January 5, 1941) is a Japanese manga artist and prominent film director and animator of many popular anime feature films. Through a career that has spanned nearly five decades, Miyazaki has attained international acclaim as a maker of animated feature films and, along with Isao Takahata, co-founded Studio Ghibli, an animation studio and production company. The success of Miyazaki's films has invited comparisons with American animator Walt Disney, British animator Nick Park as well as Robert Zemeckis, who pioneered Motion Capture animation, and he has been named one of the most influential people by Time Magazine.

Miyazaki began his career at Toei Animation as an in-between artist for Gulliver's Travels Beyond the Moon where he pitched his own ideas that eventually became the movie's ending. He continued to work in various roles in the animation industry over the decade until he was able to direct his first feature film Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro which was published in 1979. After the success of his next film, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, he co-founded Studio Ghibli where he continued to produce many feature films until Princess Mononoke whereafter he temporarily retired.

While Miyazaki's films have long enjoyed both commercial and critical success in Japan, he remained largely unknown to the West until Miramax released his 1997 film, Princess Mononoke. Princess Mononoke was the highest-grossing film in Japan—until it was eclipsed by another 1997 film, Titanic—and the first animated film to win Picture of the Year at the Japanese Academy Awards. Miyazaki returned to animation with Spirited Away. The film topped Titanic's sales at the Japanese box office, also won Picture of the Year at the Japanese Academy Awards and was the first anime film to win an American Academy Award.

Miyazaki's films often incorporate recurrent themes, such as humanity's relationship to nature and technology, and the difficulty of maintaining a pacifist ethic. Reflecting Miyazaki's feminism, the protagonists of his films are often strong, independent girls or young women. Miyazaki is a vocal critic of capitalism and globalization. While two of his films, The Castle of Cagliostro and Castle in the Sky, involve traditional villains, his other films such as Nausicaa or Princess Mononoke present morally ambiguous antagonists with redeeming qualities.

Timeline

2023Aged 82

  • Poster for Spirited Away: Live on Stage

    Original Story

  • Poster for The Boy and the Heron

    Original Story

2021Aged 80

  • Poster for Hideaki Anno: The Final Challenge of Evangelion

    Self

2018Aged 77

  • Poster for Boro the Caterpillar

    Storyboard Artist

2017Aged 76

  • Poster for Mary and The Witch's Flower

    Thanks

2016Aged 75

  • Poster for Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki

    Self

2015Aged 74

  • Poster for Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Thanks

2014Aged 73

  • Poster for The Work of Hayao Miyazaki

    himself

  • Poster for Isao Takahata and His Tale of the Princess Kaguya

    Self

2013Aged 72

  • Poster for Miwa: A Japanese Icon

    Himself

  • Poster for The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

    Self

  • Poster for The Wind Rises

    Comic Book

2012Aged 71

  • Poster for Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo

    Giant Robot (voice)

  • Poster for La luna

    Thanks

2011Aged 70

  • Poster for Kurosawa's Way

    Self

  • Poster for Two People

    Himself

  • Poster for A Hedgehog Came Out of the Fog

    (Unknown)

  • Poster for Ghibli Landscapes - A Journey to Encounter Directors Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki's Starting Point

    Self

  • Poster for Treasure Hunting

    Screenplay

  • Poster for From Up on Poppy Hill

    Screenplay

2010Aged 69

  • Poster for Ghibli's Bookshelf

    self

  • Poster for Inside Ghibli's Creation: 400 Days of Clash Between Hayao Miyazaki and The New Director

    Himself

  • Poster for A Sumo Wrestler's Tail

    Screenplay

  • Poster for Toy Story 3

    Thanks

  • Poster for The Secret World of Arrietty

    Screenplay

  • Poster for Mr. Dough and the Egg Princess

    Writer

2009Aged 68

  • Poster for Professional Special: Director Miyazaki Hayao

    Self

  • Poster for How Ponyo was Born ~Hayao Miyazaki's Thought Process~

    Self

2008Aged 67

  • Poster for Ghibli Landscapes - The Japan Depicted In Miyazaki's Works

    (Unknown)

  • Poster for 25th Anniversary Studio Ghibli Concert

    Self - Filmmaker

  • Poster for Ponyo

    Original Story

  • Poster for The Theory of Evolution

    Director of Operations

2007Aged 66

  • Poster for A Ghibli Artisan - Kazuo Oga Exhibition - The One Who Drew Totoro's Forest

    Self

  • Poster for Madaran's World

    Storyboard Artist

  • Poster for The Pixar Story

    Thanks

2006Aged 65

  • Poster for House Hunting

    Producer

  • Poster for The Day I Bought a Star

    Screenplay

  • Poster for Mon Mon the Water Spider

    Producer

2005Aged 64

  • Poster for Ghibli and The Miyazaki Mystery

    Self - Interviewee

  • Poster for Hayao Miyazaki and the Ghibli Museum

    Self

2004Aged 63

  • Poster for Yasuo Ōtsuka's Joy in Motion

    Self

  • Poster for Hayao Miyazaki Produces a CD

    Self

  • Poster for Howl's Moving Castle

    Executive Producer

2003Aged 62

  • Poster for The Art of 'Spirited Away'

    Self

  • Poster for Lasseter-san, Thank You

    Himself

2002Aged 61

  • Poster for The Cat Returns - Making of

    Self

  • Poster for Mei and the Kittenbus

    Neko Bâchan (Voice)

  • Poster for Imaginary Flying Machines

    Le cochon

  • Poster for

    Himself

  • Poster for Koro's Big Day Out

    Director

  • Poster for The Cat Returns

    Production Coordinator

  • Piyopiyo Baba

    Storyboard Artist

  • Bobo-kun

    Storyboard Artist

  • Poster for Tacolator

    Storyboard Artist

2001Aged 60

  • Poster for The Nippon Television Special

    Himself

  • Poster for Princess Mononoke in the U.S.A.

    Himself

  • Poster for Spirited Away

    Original Story

  • Poster for The Whale Hunt

    Writer

  • Poster for Rambutan Adventures

    Storyboard Artist

  • Poster for A Splendid Dance

    Storyboard Artist

  • Poster for The Fish of the Fish

    Storyboard Artist

1998Aged 57

  • Poster for How Ghibli Was Born

    Himself

  • Poster for The World, The Journey Of My Heart - Traveler: Animation Film Director Hayao Miyazaki

    Himself

1997Aged 56

  • Poster for The Birth of

    Self

  • Poster for The Birth of

    Self

  • Poster for The Birth of

    Self

  • Poster for Princess Mononoke

    Original Story

1995Aged 54

  • Poster for Lupin the Third: Greatest Capers

    Storyboard Artist

  • Poster for On Your Mark

    Original Story

  • Poster for Whisper of the Heart

    Storyboard Artist

1994Aged 53

  • Poster for Manga!

    Self

  • Poster for Pom Poko

    Executive Producer

1993Aged 52

  • Poster for In Love With and Living Within Movies - Akira Kurosawa and Hayao Miyazaki

    Self

1992Aged 51

  • Poster for Porco Rosso

    Comic Book

  • Poster for Nandarou

    Director

  • Poster for The Sky-Colored Seed

    Director

1991Aged 50

  • Poster for The Making of Only Yesterday

    Self

  • Poster for Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water - Nautilus Story II

    Writer

  • Poster for Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water - Nautilus Story III

    Writer

  • Poster for Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water - Nautilus Story I

    Writer

  • Poster for Only Yesterday

    Executive Producer

1989Aged 48

  • Poster for Red Crow and the Ghost Ship

    Conceptual Design

  • Poster for Kiki's Delivery Service

    Producer

1988Aged 47

  • Poster for My Neighbor Totoro

    Writer

1987Aged 46

  • Poster for The Story of Yanagawa's Canals

    Executive Producer

1986Aged 45

  • Poster for Sherlock Hound: Mrs. Hudson Is Taken Hostage / The White Cliffs of Dover

    Director

  • Poster for Castle in the Sky

    Original Story

1984Aged 43

  • Poster for Sherlock Hound: The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle / Treasure Under the Sea

    Director

  • Poster for Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    Character Designer

  • Poster for Future Boy Conan: The Big Giant Robot's Resurrection

    Character Designer

1980Aged 39

  • Poster for 3000 Leagues in Search of Mother: The Movie

    Layout Supervisor

1979Aged 38

  • Poster for Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro

    Storyboard Artist

1977Aged 36

  • Poster for Tenguri, Boy of the Plains

    Key Animation

1973Aged 32

  • Poster for Panda! Go Panda!: Rainy Day Circus

    Key Animation

1972Aged 31

  • Poster for Panda! Go Panda!

    Key Animation

  • Poster for Panda! Go Panda!

    Screenplay

  • Poster for Yuki's Sun

    Storyboard Artist

1971Aged 30

  • Poster for Animal Treasure Island

    Key Animation

  • Poster for Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

    Storyboard Artist

1969Aged 28

  • Poster for The Wonderful World of Puss 'n Boots

    Animation

  • Poster for Flying Phantom Ship

    Animation

1968Aged 27

  • Poster for Horus: Prince of the Sun

    Animation

1965Aged 24

  • Poster for Gulliver's Travels Beyond the Moon

    Animation

1963Aged 22

  • Poster for Doggie March

    Animation