Three of the best animated films by arguably the greatest animated film director will be released on Blu-Ray tomorrow.
Disney will finally make available Kiki's Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, and The Wind Rises on Blu-Ray in the US. All three films were directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by his famed Japanese animation studio, Studio Ghibli. As a group, they're a nice sampling of Miyazaki's work. Kiki's Delivery Service is one of his early, charming children's films. Princess Mononoke is a more mature fantasy about environmentalism. And The Wind Rises, which Miyazaki believed would be his final film as a director, is a fictional biography of Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of the Zero plane.
All three films are heart melting mixes of happiness and sadness, the emotional equivalent of mixing salts and sugars. Our own Vlad Savov remembers Princess Mononoke helping him deal with a stressful exam period. After I saw The Wind Rises, the audience at the theater just sat in silence through the credits, and once those came to a close I could hear people sniffling all around me.
I've included a smattering of trailers and clips to help anyone on the fence get the gist of what makes these films so special. After you've watched everything, be sure to check out Drawn In, The Verge's Off-Topic thread for animation conversations!
Kiki's Delivery Service