Hayao Miyazaki, the man and the mind behind Studio Ghibli, is an unparalleled master of animation. His movies have set the standard for years on how to tell a moving, unique story while also flooring the audience with striking visuals. He's toyed with the idea of retirement numerous times, but now that seems to have finally stuck.
In spite of the fact we will probably never get another Miyazaki movie, his work has left us with more than enough inspiration for years to come. In honor of this amazing man, imgur user podrickforking has posted striking animated posters that show exactly why Studio Ghibli movies are so special.
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1986)
Miyazaki's Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is actually his second feature, and its success allowed him to co-found Studio Ghibli, an animation film studio that would produce the rest of his impressive films.
Castle in the Sky (1986)
Miyazaki expressed his fascination with flight in Castle in the Sky, which features two kids searching for a floating magical castle in the sky.
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
A bonafide classic in my mind, My Neighbor Totoro is one of the most adorable and insightful movies to ever exist. I still look hope for the chance to run into some friendly forest spirits.
Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
Kiki's Delivery Service is the movie that introduced me to Studio Ghibli after I saw the English dub when I was about 12 years old. The premise of a kind-hearted witch who also struggles with typical teenage dilemmas had me hooked, and I still watch it from time to time.
Porco Rosso (1992)
Porco Rosso is commonly looked at as a departure for Miyazaki since it stars an adult male who is transformed into a pig instead of an adolescent girl. Originally, it was supposed to be a short in-flight film for Japan Airlines.
Princess Mononoke (1997)
My personal favorite Miyazaki movie, Princess Mononoke put Miyazaki on the map in the West when Miramax Films finally released it. For a brief time, it was the highest-grossing movie in Japan, until Titanic arrived.
Spirited Away (2001)
Spirited Away is arguably the most popular Miyazaki movie. I remember being furious when it beat Lilo & Stitch and took home the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. Of course, at that point, I hadn't watched the movie, and in retrospect it was the right decision.
Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
Seeing the always-enjoyable old woman character be the same as Miyazaki's typical young woman was my favorite aspect of Howl's Moving Castle. The visuals are absolutely astounding in this movie, and it really creates a world like I've never seen before.
Ponyo is the strangest version of The Little Mermaid I've ever seen, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I loved how the sea, waves, and nature itself were actual characters.
The Wind Rises (2013)
The Wind Rises confronts Miyazaki's conflicting feelings over World War II, and though the subject and topic are pretty serious, he doesn't sacrifice any of his visual flair or beautiful style for them.