Mononoke

Top 4 Animated films of all time ::

1. Nightmare Before Christmas
2. Spirited Away
3. Princess Mononoke
4. Iron Giant

Honorable Mentions ::
Snow White, The Incredibles, Little Mermaid, Toy Story

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So I watched one of the best films that I have seen all year last night. “Princess Mononoke” is directed by Hayao Miyazaki, who has also directed such masterpieces as “Spirited Away”, “The Castle in the Sky”and “Kiki’s Delivery Service”. Miyazaki delivers in a HUGE way with Mononoke. After seeing the film, I have decided to name him the master of the strong female character. In each of his films he has an amazing ability to let the female character be strong and sensitive while commanding the love and attention of the audience. I have fallen in love with the leading female character in every one of his films.

Mononoke kept me up most of the night… Pondering the visually AMAZING shots, the pristine script and the seamless incorporation of famous hollywood voices such as Billy Bob Thornton, Billy Crudup and Clair Danes. Miyazaki has a habit of using famous names for his films voices, but NEVER gives in to the celebrity. Most directors/creators would use the preconceived notions of the audience toward these actors to sculpt the character around the celebrity (not vise versa)… Miyazaki is uncompromising in his vision, and too good for this easy trap to fall in.

An interesting fact about Miyazaki is that his films are made without a script. Here is his comment from an interview.

“That’s true. I don’t have the story finished and ready when we start work on a film. I usually don’t have the time. So the story develops when I start drawing storyboards. The production starts very soon thereafter, while the storyboards are still developing. We never know where the story will go but we just keeping working on the film as it develops. It’s a dangerous way to make an animation film and I would like it to be different, but unfortunately, that’s the way I work and everyone else is kind of forced to subject themselves to it.” Click HERE for the rest of this interview.

Mononoke is on the list of films that I wish I could watch again for the first time. It is a beautifully crafted piece of art, and is the perfect film to help you keep your mind off of Potter for a few hours. I swear, last night was the first vacation from Potter I have had since the 16th.

Do yourself a favor… Go rent this film tonight, and WATCH IT. It will kick your ass.

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Leave me a comment and let me know your top 4…

  1. Hank
    Jul 27, 2005

    Ok. I’m going to watch Monoke tonight. Then I’ll evaluate it and present my list.

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  2. Joe
    Jul 27, 2005

    Hank, you are going to love the movie…

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  3. Hank
    Jul 28, 2005

    ok, couldn’t find Monoke. I know I have it here somewhere. Ok, without Monoke or the Iron Giant (wich I am sure I”m going to like) this is my top picks:

    1. Nightmare Before Christmas
    2. The Monkey King (which I saw as a kid and hold as one of the greatest films ever, unfortunatly it seems close to impossible to find)
    3. Lord of the Rings
    4. Galaxy Express 999 (this one is also a bit cloudy, I think this is the right name, it might be another one, but this also had a great impact on me as a kid and i would live to see it again).

    I think however that some of the films that I saw as a kid might not be as good as I remember them but they still have to be on this list. Anything else would be disrepsectful towards myself. Another thing; I just got The Tripplets From Belleville. That might be a contender.

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  4. Hank
    Jul 28, 2005

    Forgot to say; I have not seen Spirited Away either. Coem to think of it I have not seen that many Manga movies at all. Maybe I should.

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  5. Joe
    Jul 28, 2005

    Mr. Hank, my friend, I do appreciate the additional recommended films, but I am not sure that I consider your list valid until you have seen at least one of the bottom three films.

    This is your homework over the three day weekend. If neither make your list, I will concede.

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  6. Joe
    Jul 28, 2005

    “The Tripplets From Belleville” looks good. I will watch it next week.

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  7. Holly
    Aug 01, 2005

    Heya Joe…
    Mononoke is one of my favorites. I watched it with my old man boyfriend earlier this summer. I actually have a friend that calls me Princess Mononoke because he thinks I look like an anime character. Have you heard about “Howles Moving Castle” yet? It’s his new one. I heard it’s really weird…even for him. I wonder if it’s playing in Florida. Tripplets of Belville is really cool. I wonder if you’ll like it.
    Love from Brooklyn,
    Holly

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