In our first exclusively animation episode, friend of the podcast Hayden Chauffe joins Alex to talk about three films by Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki: My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Spirited Away (2001), and The Wind Rises (2013). We discuss the unique possibilities of animation, children’s entertainment that doesn’t sugar coat the world, and reflection of Miyazaki’s life in his films.
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Skip to: My Neighbor Totoro (8:56), Spirited Away (31:30), The Wind Rises (45:50), Overall (58:35), Coming Attractions (1:08:00)
Resources referenced in this episode:
- Totoro in Toy Story 3
- The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (Available on Netflix)
- Song from The Wind Rises
- Alex on Twitter: @AlexGeringer
- Hayden on Twitter: @HaydenChauffe
Next week Jonathan returns and we take a look at the winning category from our recent twitter poll, Samurai and Sombreros.