Ruminating on Toshio Suzuki’s Studio Ghibli Memoir

Happy Birthday, Suzuki-san! たんじょうび おめでとう!! Today marks film producer Toshio Suzuki’s 72nd birthday. Suzuki is best known as the producer of the majority of the films made by Studio Ghibli. (For the first several features, he was credited as being on the production committee–it wasn’t until 1991’s Only Yesterday did he first receive a credit as producer,Continue reading “Ruminating on Toshio Suzuki’s Studio Ghibli Memoir”

Kiki’s Delivery Service at 30

Last Wednesday marks the 30th anniversary of one of my favorite films, and the film I default to whenever twitter asks to post your favorite or just *a* film from the year you were born. Thirty looks good on us, Kiki. Kiki’s Delivery Service is a film directed by Hayao Miyazaki through Studio Ghibli. I rememberContinue reading “Kiki’s Delivery Service at 30”

The Past and the Future are Our Now: A Look at Environmentalism in Princess Mononoke & Wall-E

Wall-E (2008) is one of the strongest films to come out of the big US feature animation studios. I would argue that it might be one of if not the most important animated feature to come out that decade, including internationally. Even with the leaps and bounds we’ve made with animation in the last decade,Continue reading “The Past and the Future are Our Now: A Look at Environmentalism in Princess Mononoke & Wall-E”

My Thoughts as an Animation Educator

I started teaching storyboarding in a university’s animation program last fall, and am teaching a second class this spring semester. And now my time with my students together in person was unceremoniously cut short. With classes online (which I agree with) for the rest of the semester, here are my personal thoughts as an animationContinue reading “My Thoughts as an Animation Educator”