Nearly every animated film by celebrated Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki is an instant classic. My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away, Miyazaki’s style (he often is responsible for animating huge chunks of his films himself) embodies the best of the films of Japanese animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli (which he founded). His hand-drawn style has captured the imagination and influence of artists everywhere.
Many have emulated his style using imagery from their favorite franchises, attempting to reframe something like Star Wars or Harry Potter with Miyazaki’s particular sense of awe and wonder. I love it. Here are a handful Miyazaki mash-ups you need in your life.
Star Wars In The Sky
Artist Lap Pun Cheung uses the whimsical style of Hayao Miyazaki to capture the adventurous spirit of three generations of Star Wars trilogies. In the above image, Cheung reimagines Han Solo’s force recollections with Rey and Finn from Star Wars: The Force Awakens as a fireside storytelling moment. The Miyazaki film Castle In The Sky always reminded me of a great Star Wars-like adventure (Mark Hamill plays a roll in the English-dub) so putting the two together is obviously awesome. Absolutely dynamite.
My Neighbor Venusaur
Hayao Miyazaki’s worlds are filled with all kinds of imaginative creatures from forest gods and demons to the titular Totoro of the 1988 film My Neighbor Totoro. It seems only natural that an artist like Piscimancy would want to draw another great collection of creatures like Pokémon in the spirit of Miyazaki’s art. Pictured here is the classic generation one starter pokémon Bulbasaur with its two evolutions (Ivysaur and Venusaur) humbly homaging what we love most about the Miyazaki classic.
Harry Potter’s Delivery Service
J.K. Rowling and Hayao Miyazaki share a deep respect for children’s adventures and also have the courage to take their stories to dark and sad places while still imbuing them with magic. Miyazaki’s told a witch’s tale with Kiki’s Delivery Service so when artist Lai Says drew Harry Potter riding atop a broom like in the image above, I can’t help but hope for some type of elseworld crossover event between those two universes. Somebody write that fan-fiction asap.
Artist Matt Vince’s pairing of the Legend Of Zelda universe with the works of Hayao Miyzaki goes together like fine wine and good cheese. The iconic video game series is nearly as old as Studio Ghibli, the first Legend Of Zelda game being released only two years after Nausicaä of the Valley of the Winderupted into Japanese cinemas beginning the studio’s reign as a Disney-like juggernaut in animation. Vince’s three posters featuring Princess Zelda, our hero Link, and the nefarious Ganondorf get my mind buzzing and my heart aching for a Legend Of Zelda film done right. Nintendo, are you listening?
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