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Mon, Feb 17, 2020 5:19 PM

The Legendary Hayao Miyazaki and His Legacy of Anime Filmmaking

For fans of Japanese animation and films, there's one name that's synonymous with quality and has been since the mid-'80s: Hayao Miyazaki. If you've ever heard of classics like My Neighbor Totoro or Kiki's Delivery Service, you're likely familiar with the legendary filmmaker's work. Full of sprightly characters and exciting locales with thrilling stories, the films are the work of Studio Ghibli, the firm Miyazaki himself helped found in 1985.

Miyazaki is popular because of his hand in bringing so many wondrous, fantastical movies to the masses, all of which are family-friendly, but still eye-opening and full of life, much like Disney's selection of animated films over the years. Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki are important mainstays of the world of cinema and anime, and in celebration of Miyazaki's birthday this month, it's time to look back on his illustrious career and creations as well as what's next.

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