Hayao Miyazaki is the greatest living animation direction and he is possibly the best art director and script writer as well. Almost every scene in every movie is art we could hang on the wall. But he also has an amazing way of allowing fresh, exciting characters come alive on the screen. And his films are also infused with a religious and moral philosophy that could be studied for years.
I’ve already mentioned two Miyazaki films in the 30 Day Challenge, (Spirited Away and Nausicaa) but another of his many great animated films is Princess Mononoke. The themes are so rich and the animation so beautiful and dramatic… every scene is heart stopping. This is his most adult film and most heartbreaking and cynical. Well, as cynical as he gets. A must-see.