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A guide to Studio Ghibli animation: Flying in and out of Miyazaki's spirit worlds

To call the work of Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki fairy tales would be simplistic; his films (and to some extent those made by others in his fold) pit the forces of nature and the manmade world against one another in fantastical and sometimes strange and confounding ways. But despite the clash inherent in these scripts, Miyazaki's sense of wonder is a constant, and that's just one reason why his exquisitely hand-drawn animations are so beloved around the world.

See also: - Castles in the Sky: Miyazaki, Takahata and the-Masters of Studio Ghibli - Ponyo - The Wiz

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