Today marks the birthday of one of far-and-away the most talented, hard-working animators working in the last century: Hayao Miyazaki. He’s been called the Japanese answer to Walt Disney or Steven Spielberg, but all comparisons aside, Miyazaki's work is unmistakably his own.
Miyazaki’s art shows clear, fluid motions, with an emphasis on emotions and expressiveness, and lush, evocative backgrounds. He’s probably best known to American audiences for his work on the films Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away, but his longest serialized work is the manga Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.
From Moviefone: There's still a weird, ignorant stigma that animation is just kids' stuff, but oftentimes, it is just as captivating, impressive and entertaining as any live-action movie. You want proof...
From Moviefone: Movie fans might not know that Portland, Ore., is home to one of the United States' most thriving communities of comic book creators and publishers. Within that comic book Mecca lies Periscope Studios, where some of the city's most passionate and talented cartoonists, illustrators, writers, concept designers, graphic novelists and storyboard artists inspire each other to create so much of the great work we all enjoy...
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