The first Miyazaki-eque thing I will be blogging about today is Hiyao Miyazaki's new movie which is supposed to be released in the US next summer. I watched a cam bootleg with a weird frame rate and no English subtitles, and it was TOTALLY EXCELLENT.
It's called Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, and it sort of falls in between Totoro (since the protagonists are toddlers) and Sprited Away (with all sorts of things morphing into other things, plus lots of interesting modes of transportation). Anyway, Miyazaki says (again) that this is his last film, and I hope (again) that he is lying.
Please, Disney, don't change a thing about that theme song.
Miyazaki-esque item number two is the trailer for Pixar's next feature, "Up".
Apparently houses in the sky make me think of Miyazaki, even though I can't actually think of a Miyazaki movie where there *are* houses in the sky. Well, here are some paintings of houses in the sky
by Amy Casey who sent me a super-nice response to some fan mail I sent her...
I totally saved the best for last! Miyazaki-esque item number four is (are) Theo Jansen's Strandbeesten
(Excellent TED talk with Theo Jansen here