One-of-a-kind animator, artist, and masterful storyteller, Hayao Miyazaki brought delightful “manga” (Japanese comic books) and “anime” (Japanese animation) films to venerating audiences via Studio Ghibli, which Miyazaki co-founded with director Isao Takahata.
Miyazaki went from a cult film figure to a more widely acclaimed artist when Miramax released an English-dubbed version of Princess Mononoke (originally released in 1997) in 1999. When Disney released an English version of Ponyo (originally released in 2008) in 2009, it further escalated Miyazaki’s acclaim.
Some more of his most well-known films include Castle in the Sky (1986), My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989), Spirited Away (2001), and Howl’s Moving Castle (2004).
Miyazaki was born on this day, January 5, 1941, in Bunkyō, Tokyo, Japan.