Legendary anime director Hayao Miyazaki, who brought you such cinematic gems as Spirited Away and The Wind Rises, has always had a talent for filmmaking - but I never knew he had such a way with words!
Director Mami Sunada was granted unprecedented access to Miyazaki's famed production company, Studio Ghibli, in order to film his revealing documentary The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness. During his time there, Sunada was able to film some super-rare footage every anime fan needs to see!
In one of the best bits of the movie, a young Miyazaki giving an inspiring speech to his team at the then new studio, telling them:
Basically, our foremost objective here is making good films. No guarantees of lifetime employment here. But companies are just a conduit for money. Success isn’t our priority. What’s important is that you’re doing what you want, and that you’re gaining skills. If Ghibli ceases to appeal to you, then just quit. Because I’ll do the same.
It's a powerful message that teaches the importance of loving one's craft, and I would expect nothing less from the exceptionally dedicated 73-year-old!
I won't pretend to know exactly what's going on at the end of the following clip, but I do know it's awesomely bizarre!
Apparently Miyazaki is singing about a guy who makes cringeworthy anime that pales in comparison to Studio Ghibli's output. He sings:
Always the same predictable stuff, always recycling the same shots. It'll turn into a boring show, and the fad will be over.
Ouch! I wouldn't want to go up against the animator in a rap battle!
Check out the full scene below:
The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness is currently available on iTunes, and is well worth a watch if you're a fan of Miyazaki.