Hayao Miyazaki

Miyazaki Hayao was born January 5, 1941 in Tokyo, Japan. He was born to an aeronautical engineer Miyazaki Katsuji. This is where he gained an interest in airplanes which feature in some of his films. Miyazaki, being born during World War II, was influenced by his father’s family business of Miyazaki Airplane which built fighter airplanes. His mother after 1947 was diagnosed with spinal tuberculosis which she suffered from for eight years. By the time Miyazaki reached high school, he was determined to become an artist due to his interest in manga (as anime was only starting to arise at the time). Instead of going to university for drawing, he went to Gakushuin University for political science and economics. In 1963, he joined an animation studio, Toei-Cine, as someone who adds drawings in the background to make the action scenes complete. 1n 1973, he moved to Zuiyo Pictures, where his first short Panda! Go Panda! was released the following year. By 1984, Miyazaki and longtime friend Takahata Isao started Studio Ghibli. From there, animation history started with movies of Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, and Kiki’s Delivery Service. After that Miyazaki continued to create animation magic with Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind (1984), Princess Mononoke (1997), Spirited Away (2001), Howl’s Moving Castle (2004), and Ponyo (2008). Miyazaki has come out of retirement several times to direct the last two movies in particular. He has two sons, Goro and Keisuke; Goro has followed in his father footsteps with Tales from Earthsea (2006) which is based off of Ursula LeGuin’s novels and From up on Poppy Hill (2011).


Donaldson, Catherine Victoria. “Hayao Miyazaki Biography”. Encyclopedia of World Biography. 2004. Web. 27 Nov 2012. <http://www.notablebiographies.com/newsmakers2/2006-Le-Ra/Miyazaki-Hayao.html>

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