Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Kingdom Of Dreams And Madness

Well-made but leisurely paced, The Kingdom Of Dreams And Madness examines the life and career of hand-drawn animation master Hayao Miyazaki. Concentrating primarily on the Studio Ghibli animation house, the film shows footage of his team of animators in the process of creating The Wind Rises, Miyazaki's final film before retiring. Boiling down animated film-making to the minutia and subtleties of the painstaking craft of animating characters' every movement, glance, and bow, the magnitude of Miyazaki's achievements become apparent. Following the film's birth through to its debut to his weeping team, the viewer watches as The Wind Rises is drawn, colored, voiced, scored, and finally photographed. Exhaustive but highly satisfying, The Kingdom Of Dreams And Madness is a rare look at the groundbreaking studio at work.

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