Tigger of Kai wrote:So which film is your favorite, James?
Oh wow… that’s a tough choice. I guess if I go with the first title that comes to mind, I would have to say <i>Spirited Away</i>. Not only was it the first Studio Ghibli film I ever saw, it was my first introduction to his… incredible imagination. Not only that, I thought to myself how wonderful it would be for children to grow up with some of these films in their lives—they teach lessons in profound ways that western cartoons can’t seem to manage anymore.
<i>Princess Mononoke</i> is also my favorite in a different way. While I have seen <i>Spirited Away</i> numerous times, <i>Princess Mononoke</i> is the sort of movie I can enjoy watching in the background while working. For this reason, I have seen it quite a few more times. (Movies I enjoy in this way are few and far between.)
Finally, I love watching <i>My Neighbor Totoro</i> with my daughter.
Piaojijiangjun wrote:I am disappointed in myself. I have not yet seen My Neighbor Totoro (1988). I still have aims to buy it in the near future, but Japanese animation seems to cost a hefty price.
Isn’t that the truth. I have been slowly building my Miyazaki collection over the past few years. I always check for them at reputable used DVD stores (here in CA we’ve got Rasputin’s, and in UT we had Gray Whale), buy them as soon as they come out (it is easy to find them for $16–$20 if you do that), and keep an eye out for Miyazaki promotions (sometimes stores place a whole set of Miyazaki films on sale, which is how I found old classics like <i>The Cat Returns</i> and <i>My Neighbor Totoro</i> at reasonable prices). If I find any I don’t have under $20, I tend to buy them. And yeah, the prices are pretty high—Japanese Animation tends to be expensive as is, and when you add Disney to the mix…
Hehe… don’t go too far back. <i>Panda go Panda</i> was a nightmare!
Movies made before he controlled their production can be <i>very</i> strange.