An animation movie from one of the most acclaimed directors from Japan, Spirited Away is maybe the first movie of his genre, figuring in the Top 250 list on imdb, on a position very hard to alter and for people who haven’t seen it, utterly unbelievable, position 45. I haven’t said it’s the first animation to make that particular top, which is not as the imdb rating system, is something different and complex, his position is the first, ahead of a lot of other “famous” movies. As subjective as any list may be, this one is a combination of a lot of factors, to express a value closer to the one of the movies on it.
The formula for calculating the Top Rated 250 Titles gives a true Bayesian estimate:weighted rating (WR) = (v ÷ (v+m)) × R + (m ÷ (v+m)) × C
- R = average for the movie (mean) = (Rating)
- v = number of votes for the movie = (votes)
- m = minimum votes required to be listed in the Top 250 (currently 3000)
- C = the mean vote across the whole report (currently 6.9)
for the Top 250, only votes from regular voters are considered.
This is the formula to calculate the movie positions in that list, where five from all of Hayao Miyazaki’s movies are featured.
Captions are telling much less than the film itself. A Twitter friend once said that there shouldn’t be a difference between animated pictures and the motion pictures when awarded them. It’s a lot of work in animation, and some of them have been achieved the rank of great movie. I’m a member of a generation who considered Walt Disney the best creator of animation pictures, but when I was a kid, if there were others as well, I wasn’t aware. I’m not talking of the series creators, which weren’t plenty but there was a difference between styles, and the manga style emerged, being quite very appreciated.
Among manga artists, Hayao Miyazaki distinguished himself till comparisons between him and Disney were made. Now, Disney Studios are producing Miyazaki’s animations. While his films have long enjoyed both commercial and critical success in Japan, he remained largely unknown to the West until Miramax Films released Princes Mononoke. Princess Mononoke was the highest-grossing film in Japan—until it was eclipsed by another 1997 film, Titanic, and the first animated film to win Picture of the Year at the Japanese Academy Awards. Miyazaki returned to animation with Spirited Away. The film topped Titanic‘s sales at the Japanese box office, also won Picture of the Year at the Japanese Academy Awards and was the first anime film to win an American Academy Award, being as I’ve already mentioned a proud 45 position on the prestigious Top 250 movies of all times, imdb list.
During World War II, his father, was director of Miyazaki Airplane, owned by his brother. During this time, the young Hayao, drew airplanes and developed a lifelong fascination with aviation, a penchant that later manifested as a recurring theme in his films. In all his films, he left autobiographical traces, how he changed schools, how he loves his mother, the girls are brave and started a path through adulthood in a short period span. A certain film, described as “the first-ever Japanese feature length color anime”, marked his love for anime drawings. Ursula K. Le Guin, Lewis Carroll, and Diana Wynne Jones are the Western authors who have influenced most prominently, Miyazaki’s work.
Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi), relesed in July, 2001 in Japan, Director and Writer – Hayao Miyazaki, 8.6/10 imdb rating, 125′, won the Oscar statuette for Best Animated Feature in 2003 Ceremony Awards, along with other thirty five wins and numerous nominations. (This post’s captions are from the movie itself, the portrait of Miyazaki is from Wikipedia, and the poster is from imdb, but the rights are owned by Disney, I suppose.)
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