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Re: The Worlds of Hayao Miyazaki

I definitely applaud the declaration of a Miyazaki week at Decent Films, and the Catholic World Report appreciation is long overdue (as are the remaining Miyazaki reviews, which I can’t wait to read!) but what about the other Studio Ghibli directors? I guess Takahata is represented with your Grave of the Fireflies review but what about his sublimely ridiculous (though not universally accessible) My Neighbors the Yamadas? And, while maybe not on a par with the best Miyazaki has to offer, we really enjoyed the concrete/fantasy aspects of the two “cat” films (Whisper of the Heart and The Cat Returns). And all three movies have Disney dubs rivaling any of the performances in the Miyazaki dubs. How about showing those films some love?

I share the love on Whisper of the Heart (though so far I’ve only managed a one-sentence blurb in my 2006 DVD write-up) — which you aren’t the first person to ask about, so I guess I’ll be looking to review it soon, especially since I wasn’t able to finish the other review(s) I was hoping to during “Miyazaki Week” (more coming soon!).

I enjoyed My Neighbors the Yamadas, though I don’t remember much about it now. And I’ve seen only part of The Cat Returns. I’m also interested in catching Pom Poko one of these days. That said, I don’t know that I’ll get to these before putting in some time on other projects. For example, I’d like to do a Bollywood week one of these months…

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