Animator Hayao Miyazaki moves beyond good vs. evil plots - Los Angeles Times
Today, the L.A. Times printed this summary of highlights from Hayao Miyazaki's three-stop California tour a couple of weeks ago.
One part of the article that's slightly annoying is the suggestion that the upcoming PONYO might show a slipping of Miyazaki's art merely because it is rendered in a simpler style of animation. One mark of a professional storyteller is carefully choosing the tools and medium that best fits the story. The animation style of LAPUTA:CASTLE IN THE SKY is simpler than PRINCESS MONONOKE; and it's not just because Miyazaki had a bigger budget for the latter film. Miyazaki does not have to -- and should not -- use an identical style for each project; and simpler does not necessarily mean not as good.