Hayao Miyazaki is certainly one to be quite celebrated as there are precious few Japanese anime directors that get the nods he gets from Western directors, actors, writers and animators in Hollywood. Disney's distribution of his works is certainly a big positive for fans around the world as these wonderful films get even more exposure than they did years ago. After a few years hiatus from doing any major theatrical work, Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli have returned with something very different from what most of his films have been this decade. Prior to Ponyo, his main theatrical works of the last decade have been Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away and How's Moving Castle. All very solid films, but somewhat darker than some of what he became renowned for early on in the late eighties and early nineties.
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