Monday, January 10, 2005
This week in the [New Yorker] magazine, Margaret Talbot writes about the Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, the writer and director of such films as “Spirited Away.” Here, with The New Yorker’s Daniel Cappello, Talbot discusses Miyazaki’s films, his influences, and his temperament.Excerpt:
DANIEL CAPPELLO: How did you become interested in writing about Hayao Miyazaki?That is how I feel too, about My Neighbor Totoro, Castle in the Sky, Kiki's Delivery Service, and Spirited Away. If you have children of tender years, and you are able to watch the movies with them to explain the icky parts (for there are, as with many fairy tales, icky parts in Castle and Spirited Away) then you should.
MARGARET TALBOT: My kids watched several of his movies, especially “My Neighbor Totoro” (1988), on video a lot, and I started to realize that I could abide repeat viewings of them more than almost any other children's movies, with the possible exception of “The Wizard of Oz.” Naturally, I started wondering about the filmmaker who was doing me such a favor.
Why Should You Watch Them With Your Young Children?
- Unlike most animated movies they are not designed for people with ADHD. The viewer needs to have an attention span greater than five minutes.
- They are just darn beautiful to watch.
- Details reward repeated viewing. This is very helpful since children most love to watch movies eight million times!
- Kids love heroic stuff, and these are heroic stories about children overcoming great obstacles.
- Kids love mildly icky and scary stuff, especially when they can look over and see a parent and know they are safe.