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Miyazaki shorts

Posted by martinteller on April 18, 2014

I was just going through some random stuff on my watchlist and decided to tackle a trio of shorts by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki.

On Your Mark is a music video for some combo called Chage & Aska.  Some police or paramilitary organization infiltrates some church.  In the carnage, they find an angel (or at least a girl with wings) and take her prisoner.  Two of the police dudes are stricken by guilty conscience and help the girl escape.  What I liked about this 6 1/2-minute short is that it feels like the exciting climax of a movie that would probably be pretty stupid if you had to watch the whole thing.  And it’s pretty to look at.  Really didn’t care for the music, though, a bland rock ballad.  It’s probably for the best that I couldn’t understand the lyrics.  Rating: Good (71)

 

Mei to Koneku basu (Mei and the Kitten Bus) is a sequel to My Neighbor Totoro.  Mei is back, and she captures a tiny whirlwind which turns into a young catbus.  Mei hitches a ride to a secret place and bumps into an old friend.  The catbus is my favorite thing about Totoro, and just about every second of this was a delight to me.  13 minutes of concentrated adorableness.  It’s a shame that this is only available for viewing in the Ghibli Museum (my copy was illicitly recorded with a phone or camcorder).  Supposedly it’s to keep this — and other shorts — “free from consumer capitalism and commercialism”, which is a noble ideal, but still sucks as a fan.  Hopefully we’ll see this appear some day as a bonus on a Totoro release or in a package of Ghibli shorts.  Rating: Very Good (87)

 

In Pan-dane to Tamago-hime (Mr. Dough and the Egg Princess), the gruesome witch Baba Yaga brings an egg to life and puts her to work doing arduous chores.  The egg befriends a lump of dough and together the two escape with the witch hot on their heels.  This is a very imaginative and fun bit of whimsy in the vein of Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle.  Like On Your Mark, it seems well-suited to the short format and I don’t know if I’d want to spend a feature-length film in this world… it could get tiresome, like Howl’s does.  It’s beautifully drawn as always, although Baba Yaga seems mainly defined by her ginormous bust.  Good stuff.  Again, it’s too bad this isn’t available outside of the Museum.  Rating: Very Good (84)

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