Whisper of the Heart

This time on the Summer of Miyazaki we discuss a film written, storyboarded but not directed by Hayao Miyazaki: Whisper of the Heart. So maybe, technically, it shouldn’t be here but it’s such a great film, we couldn’t resist. In this episode we talk about love, romance, developing your gifts and end with a rant against the current state of young adult novels. And, of course, we get in a few digs against Disney.

Proco Rosso

On this podcast we continue the Summer of Miyazaki by discussing one of his more personal, adult and idiosyncratic films: Porco Rosso. It’s the classic story of a dashing hero, an innocent young damsel, and a brute-headed villain. Except this is Miyazaki so everything is turned on its head starting with the hero being a fat man with a pig head. The animation and story has all of Miyazaki’s typical amazing qualities but Levi and Rosalyn seem to be divided on if this is a great film or not.

Kiki’s Delivery Service

On this Culturezoo we talk about the 1989 Miyazaki film, Kiki’s Delivery Service. We spend some time comparing the ideas and details of this film to other magical stories like Harry Potter and spend some time discussing the importance of vocations and finding and enjoying our place in the community we are in. Not exactly stuff that you often come across in a kid’s cartoon.

As a special bonus, 13-year-old geek intern Jack joins us for a quick graphic-novel recommendation at the beginning of the podcast.

My Neighbor Totoro

We’re back with the Summer of Miyazaki and this time we’re talking about the 1988 classic “My Neighbor Totoro”. Roger Ebert called this one his Great Films and we’re incline to agree. This film is a uniquely beautiful, subtle gem that comes with our highest recommendation. In this episode we talk about animation, childhood, and we can’t help but compare Disney and Ghibli again.

Next week we tackle Kiki’s Delivery Service.

Castle in the Sky

The summer of Miyazaki continues with his second full-length feature and first with Studio Ghibli: Castle in the Sky. In addition to discussing the film, Levi and Rosalyn get existential and end up spending a lot of time talking about the world’s problems and who’s to blame: technology or human nature? We also compare the difference between Disney animation and Miyazaki’s style.

Next week: My Neighbor Totro!

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Welcome to the Summer of Miyazaki! We’re doing something special on the Culturezoo Podcast this summer and we’re going to discuss all the films of animator/writer/director Hayo Miyazaki. Each week we’ll be going through his films in chronological order of their release date and examining common themes and ideas in addition to the unique details of each film.

On today’s episode Levi and Rosalyn cover Miyazaki’s first feature-length film Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and yet we end up talking about Tolkien and fairy tales for most of the podcast.

Also we will try to post some fan art of the film over this week.

Next week: Castle in the Sky!

Over The Garden Wall

On this episode of Culturezoo we discuss the Cartoon Network animated miniseries, Over the Garden Wall. It’s one of our favorite cartoons in recent memory. Heavy spoiler alert for this podcast.

After going through the episodes we chat about the hidden meanings and allusions in this cartoon and finally wonder why more fantasy creators aren’t mining American history to create equally unique settings and stories.

Enjoy!