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Synopsis: The book will cover the first-half of Miyazaki’s legendary career, during which he rose from humble beginnings to create some of the most seminal animated features ever made, including Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind, Castle In The Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service and Porco Rosso, as well as his launch of Studio Ghibli. A fitting introduction is offered by John Lasseter, the Chief Creative Officer at Pixar and Walt Disney. Ponyo is Miyazaki’s newest feature film and will be released by Walt Disney in North America this August.
Review: Starting Point is a book that I really anticipated reading. I’m a fan of animation and one of the most brilliant and respected directors in all of animation (not just anime) is Hayao Miyazaki! You know him from his major films, many of which have been released in the United States. They include ‘Spirited Away’ and ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’. I think that without a doubt the most memorable Miyazaki film for me and my own children was ‘Kiki’s Delivery Service’, a coming of age tale for a young witch.
The book starting point is most definately a thick read. It has little for pictures and is a very standard hardcover book. It chronicles the personal thoughts and life experiences of Miyazaki as he worked seemingly endless hours on his passions and basically missed out on the lives of his own children. We get a glimpse into the psyche of Miyazaki with his politics, religion and personal essays.
The book includes a forward by Pixar animation legend John Lasseter (Toy Story). This is truly a great, since Lasseter is easily the other most respected modern animation talent. I can think of no other person that would be worth to forward this fantastic retrospective.
If you’re a fan of anime or just animation in general you will find this book a good read. If you’re already a fan of Miyazaki then you will find this book insightful and enlightening. Its a rare look inside this talented man’s mind. You can’t miss out on this one!