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Hayao Miyazaki: The Master of Animation

  Hayao Miyazaki was born in Tokyo on January 5, 1941. He is 82 years old this year. His mother is tough, beautiful and lively, and his father works in the family business aircraft manufacturing factory. At that time, Japan needed a large number of airplanes because of the war, so the whole family did not have to worry about food and clothing. However, Hayao Miyazaki did not like this kind of life. When recalling his childhood, he said that he especially hated relatives who came back from the battlefield to show off their “war exploits.” .
Bring childhood into animation

  Hayao Miyazaki was frail and sickly since he was a child. He ran to the hospital every three days. He was smaller than other children of the same age. He always came in last when running. He often suffered from low self-esteem because of this. When he was sick, his mother always stayed by his bedside and took good care of him. But what was terrible was that when he was 6 years old, his mother fell ill and lay in bed all day, unable to take care of the child anymore.
  My father is busy between work and family, and Miyazaki and his brother also have to help take care of their mother and younger brother. When his mother wanted to drink miso soup, Hayao Miyazaki ran to buy the condiments; his brother brought the rice to his mother, and he was responsible for taking care of the two brothers’ meals, often telling them not to be picky eaters; when his brother was clearing away the dishes, he had to boil hot water for the brothers. Taking a bath… The young Hayao Miyazaki wished so much that his mother could carry him on her back and hug him like before, but the only thing he could do was to follow his brother and grow up quickly into a well-behaved and sensible child.
  During that time, it was books and comics that comforted his childhood. Hayao Miyazaki not only liked listening to his mother tell the folk tale of “a raccoon cat turning into a human being”, but he also saved his pocket money to buy books. He read “The Three Musketeers” and “Moby-Dick” and also read comics. Each book is a mysterious door, and behind the door is a novel world that he has never seen before.
  Gradually, Hayao Miyazaki became obsessed with painting. He painted whenever he had time, and even the textbooks were filled with paintings. Because of the influence of his family business, he became keenly interested in the internal structure of aircraft, and complex mechanical devices became his most common subject matter. Later, he expressed his fantasy of flying and obsession with machinery through his works, such as “Porco Rosso”, “Castle in the Sky”, “Howl’s Moving Castle”, “The Wind Rises” and other animated films, all of which have related themes. content.

Young Hayao Miyazaki (left) with Isao Takahata.

  Also appearing in the work are various mother figures. After being bedridden for eight or nine years, his mother finally recovered. These experiences were deeply ingrained in his heart. Later, he brought healthy mothers, sick mothers, mothers in memories, and mothers in fantasy into animations. Dora in “Castle in the Sky” inherited her mother’s liveliness and kindness. In “Howl’s Moving Castle”, Sophie is the embodiment of her mother’s strong kindness; in “My Neighbor Totoro”, the mother is sick and hospitalized but also protects her children.
  In his movies, children’s stories are always innocent and dreamy, because a long time ago he had a warm wish from his childhood experience: “I want to bring happiness to people, this is my motivation. I hope I am A useful person.”
  Despite a war-era childhood and a family production of fighter jets for the Japanese army, Miyazaki was firmly opposed to war. In 2015, he asked former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to admit that Japan had launched a war of aggression against China. For this reason, the People’s Daily specially posted on Weibo to praise Hayao Miyazaki as “the conscience of the Japanese animation industry.”
The young painter who was wronged

  Hayao Miyazaki has had extraordinary talent for painting since he was a child, but his talent has not always brought him praise. Once, he was even wronged by his teacher for drawing too well. It happened in the third grade of elementary school. During the summer vacation of that year, the teacher assigned an assignment, requiring everyone to draw a painting and hand it in at the beginning of the school year. The school would select outstanding works for exhibition and award awards. My brother came to Miyazaki and suggested that they both paint the courtyard to see who could paint better. My brother was busy swimming and playing ball during the holidays and had a colorful life. Hayao Miyazaki was bored in his room drawing all day long, and his brother took the initiative to compete. Isn’t it the time for him to show off his skills? So Miyazaki readily agreed. While recalling the appearance of the yard, he incorporated rich imagination into it, and the wonderful lines fell on the drawing paper, which were naturally extraordinary.
  After school started, the paintings of Hayao Miyazaki and his brother were selected into the art exhibition at the same time. All teachers and classmates who saw Hayao Miyazaki’s paintings were deeply attracted. “The painting is so good!” Even the judges were impressed.
  However, the results of the selection were surprising. My brother won first place, but Hayao Miyazaki didn’t get any awards. Even my brother found it incredible: “You are obviously better at painting than me. Your parents also say that you are the best, and the teachers also say that you are good at painting. Why am I the first?” It turns out that it
  is precisely because of Hayao Miyazaki. The painting was so good that the judges unanimously determined that it was impossible for a third-grade child to have such a strong painting ability. It must have been written by his parents, and he must be disqualified from winning the award. Hayao Miyazaki felt very aggrieved when he worked hard to create such a result. Not to mention first place, he didn’t even get everyone’s trust.
  Dad saw this in his eyes and comforted him and said: “You don’t have to feel wronged. Instead, you have to say to yourself that you have painted a work that can only be painted by an adult. Everyone thinks that you are not of such a high level. So, do you want to Do you want everyone to recognize you?”
  Seeing Miyazaki Hayao nodding, his father encouraged: “If you want everyone to believe and recognize you, you have to show them better works. Only in this way, misunderstandings like today can be solved It won’t happen again.”
  Hayao Miyazaki put away his grievances and said with a smile: “Dad, I understand. I like painting, and I want to paint many excellent works. I will definitely work hard!”
  This seed was buried deeply. In his heart, many years later, he actually created fantasy worlds one after another.
A little bit of effort makes a difference.

  After graduating from college, Miyazaki entered the animation industry as he wished. However, the first movie he made was a dismal box office success, and soon not many people were willing to ask him to make movies. Hayao Miyazaki had no choice but to sell the story manuscripts he created from house to house. Science fiction works were popular at that time, and most of Hayao Miyazaki’s ideas were in a fresh and fantasy style. No company was optimistic about it. Some people even commented secretly: “His ideas are too outdated and will never be popular.”
  Later, someone finally took a fancy to it. “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind”, but it raises a new problem, “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind” has no original work. Most of the animated films at that time were adapted from novels and comics, but Hayao Miyazaki’s stories were original. In terms of readers and fame, how could they compare?
  Seeing that the movie project was about to be scrapped again, Hayao Miyazaki and his colleagues came up with an idea. Since there is no original work, let’s create one! So Miyazaki began to draw a comic strip of “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind” and published it in a magazine. At first, he designed three painting styles. The first was exquisite but time-consuming and could only draw one page a day. The second was rough but could draw more than twenty pages a day. The third was somewhere in between. Hayao Miyazaki ultimately chose the most time-consuming one because he wanted to tell the story with the most beautiful images.
  The hard work and perseverance finally paid off. About a year later, someone was willing to invest. Not only did they spend a lot of extra publicity funds, but they also gave them enough production time. Hayao Miyazaki was so surprised that he devoted himself to creating every day. “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind” caused a sensation after its release. The protagonist Nausicaä’s tenacity, bravery and unyielding spirit deeply moved the audience, and Hayao Miyazaki became famous ever since.
  People like the rich details in the movie, the delicate and vivid expressions of the characters, and the scenes full of life. These wonderful ideas are all derived from Miyazaki Hayao’s careful observation and deep understanding of life.
  One day, Miyazaki was walking in the park with his friends when he came across a couple with their toddler. The father patiently leads the way in front of the child, while the mother follows behind and caressing him carefully. Miyazaki watched them motionless until the family walked away.
  The friend couldn’t help but ask: “What are you thinking about?”
  Hayao Miyazaki replied: “Look at the mother’s nervous and cautious steps, but the father is more happy than nervous when he sees his child growing up, and even his running movements are full of joy. A sense of relaxation. I think the same is true for animation. It not only makes the paintings move, but also makes them natural. Every picture must conform to the movement patterns of real characters and convey the characters’ emotions to the audience.”
  Until now, Gong Saki’s habit of accumulating material through observation of life has not changed. He likes to observe how fish twist, how people spread their toes when exerting force, and how the body leans forward when running. He also straps a camera to the car seat to record the people and scenery on the road.
  The accumulation and careful polishing day after day make his films into stunning works of art.
  Hayao Miyazaki is 82 years old this year. When he was 70 years old, he said that the grip strength of his hands was only half of what it was when he was young. He had to use softer pencils when writing and drawing, and his work efficiency was far less than when he was in his prime. However, today, more than ten years later, nothing can stop him from continuing to work on animation, and nothing can weaken everyone’s expectations for him. Maybe, as long as you love it and work hard persistently, you can find the way to your goal.

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