Manga Monday: Beautiful Animated Short, Tribute to Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki’s work and animation have definitely been influential on a lot of artists. His work is beautiful and I know I’ll always hold his films in a special place in my heart. One student, Gwenn Germain, used his senior animation project to not only create a stunningly beautiful animation but also to pay homage to Miyazaki and his work. The style of the animation and the lovely music in the background are both very reminiscent of Miyazaki’s work. There are also a lot of visual references for some of Miyazaki’s films such as Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle and others. Can you spot all the references?

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Now I just want to curl up at home and have a big Studio Ghibli marathon! I’ve always admired the animation style and storytelling that the Ghibli movies have. Clearly Gwenn feels the same. For only being a student, his animation work is so impressive. I hope he gets the chance to work on a full length film and show us more of that beautiful animation style! I would even love to see this short animated into a full length movie. There seems to be a lot of story in just a few minutes. It could easily be even longer. Make sure to check out his DeviantArt for even more great art.

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