Miyazaki Dreams of Flying.

Joe Hisaishi, the composer who put music to nearly all of Hayao Miyazaki‘s 11 feature films, once remarked in an interview that, “Many of his works have flying scenes and flying has always been the dream of human beings.” In fact, few artists have so successfully captured how the imagination defies gravity than the My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, and Princess Mononoke director. A new film essay by Zach Prewitt gathers some of the 76-year-old director and producer’s finest flights of fancy into a rejuvenating three-minute video.

Miyazaki, who recently announced he was coming out of retirement (again!), explains the paradox of his love for military airplanes and his hatred of war in the video below. While little is known about the narrative of his upcoming film, currently titled Boro the Caterpillar, an ending in which the protagonist transforms into a butterfly and attains flight would align with Miyazaki’s fascination with airships, fantastical insect-winged aircraft, flying castles, and early 20th century aircraft. All of the above and more stretch their wings and take to the skies in Prewitt’s Fandor-produced video.

Via The Creators Project.


  1. quotetheunquote says

    Thanks so much for posting this -- what a breath of fresh air, in these awful times.

    What a beautiful collection! Miyazaki is a magician, an absolute genius. I see lots of bits from “The Wind Rises” in there, my favourite of all his films, and one of my favourite flims (in any genre) in the last 25 years.

    (The Smetana that accompanies it is just perfect, too).


  2. rq says

    The Smetana is not only perfect, it brings to mind the opening theme to Castle in the Sky, which has one of my favourite movie scores ever. Miyazaki is a magician, indeed -- the credits list a couple of his films I haven’t managed to see yet (including The Wind Rises), so… more things to watch!

  3. Crimson Clupeidae says

    Our local arts theater has been playing a lot of Miyazaki’s films lately. I’ve caught a couple of them, but need to see them all!!

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