He is sometimes called the “Walt Disney of Japan”, but he hates that title.

Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan’s greatest animation directors. The entertaining plots, compelling characters, and breathtaking animation in his films have earned him international renown from critics as well as public recognition within Japan. The Walt Disney Company’s commitment to introduce the films to the rest of the world will let more people appreciate the high-quality works he has given the movie-going public.


Hayao Miyazaki was born in Tôkyô on January 5, 1941. He started his career in 1963 as an animator at the studio Toei Douga studio, and was subsequently involved in many early classics of Japanese animation. From the beginning, he commanded attention with his incredible drawing ability and the seemingly endless stream of movie ideas he proposed. He allows no more than 10% of footage in his films to be computer generated.

Hayao Miyazaki and Totoro





Hayao Miyazaki and Totoro

Date of Birth 5 January 1941, Tokyo, Japan
Nickname the Japanese Walt Disney
Height 5′ 4½” (1.64 m)





In 1971, he moved to the A Pro studio with Isao Takahata, then to Nippon Animation in 1973, where he was heavily involved in the World Masterpiece Theater TV animation series for the next five years. In 1978, he directed his first TV series, Mirai shônen Konan (1978) (Conan, The Boy in Future), then moved to Tôkyô Movie Shinsha in 1979 to direct his first movie, the classic Rupan sansei: Kariosutoro no shiro (1979). In 1984, he released Kaze no tani no Naushika (1984), based on the manga (comic) of the same title he had started two years before. The success of the film led to the establishment of a new animation studio, Studio Ghibli (Sutajio Jiburi), at which Miyazaki has since directed, written, and produced many other films with Takahata and, more recently, Toshio Suzuki. All of these films enjoyed critical and box office successes. In particular, Miyazaki’s Mononoke-hime (1997) received the Japanese equivalent of the Academy Award for Best Film and was the highest-grossing (about USD$150 million) domestic film in Japan’s history at the time of its release.


In addition to animation, Miyazaki also draws manga. His major work was the Nausicaä manga, an epic tale he worked on intermittently from 1982 to 1984 while he was busy making animated films. Another manga, Hikoutei Jidai, was later evolved into his 1992 film Kurenai no buta (1992).


Miyazaki’s latest film is Hauru no ugoku shiro (2004), based on the novel by Diana Wynne Jones. Even though he has said this would be at last film, a statement he has said before after the completion of some of his earlier films, one hopes that additions to his extraordinary body of work will continue to be produced as long as he remains alive.


Film List

1979 The Castle of Cagliostro
1984 Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
1986 Castle in the Sky
1988 My Neighbor Totoro
1989 Kiki’s Delivery Service
1991 Only Yesterday
1992 Porco Rosso
1994 Pom Poko
1995 Whisper of the Heart
On Your Mark
1997 Princess Mononoke
2001 Spirited Away
Whale Hunt
2002 Koro’s Big Day Out
Mei and the Kittenbus
Imaginary Flying Machines
The Cat Returns
2004 Howl’s Moving Castle
2006 Monmon the Water Spider
The Day I Harvested a Planet
2008 Ponyo
2010 Mr. Dough and the Egg Princess
The Secret World of Arrietty
2011 From Up on Poppy Hill
2013 The Wind Rises


The majority of the characters he creates are based on real people in his life.

Miyazaki’s said Totoro “(is) not a spirit: he’s only an animal. I believe he lives on acorns. He’s supposedly the forest keeper, but that’s only a half-baked idea, a rough approximation.” The character of Mei was modeled on Miyazaki’s niece.


(source: imdb.com & Wikipedia )