Friday, May 14, 2010

Friday Faves......

It came out a while ago, but the favourite dvd in our house is Ponyo. The graphics and music are so wonderful and the story is completely charming.
A quote from director Hayao Miyazaki:

“A little boy and a little girl, love and responsibility,

the ocean and life—these things, and that which is most elemental to them,

are depicted in the most basic way in ‘PONYO.’”

Our lovely lady, Joan, at our local dvd shop also has a love of Hayao's work and this weekend we have two dvds as a treat.
'Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986) recounts the adventure of two orphans seeking a magical castle-island that floats in the sky; My Neighbor Totoro (Tonari no Totoro, 1988) tells of the adventure of two girls and their interaction with forest spirits' - Wikipedia
 
We are heading to the beach again today for a few days so we had a sneak peak of Laputa last night and my eldest boy declared it the best ever though I think my younger one will always harbour a deep love for Ponyo. It may sound like a strange thing to say however you could do a lot worse parenting than making the time to sit and watch these lovely movies with your children.  I hope you can discover the joy of Hayao too.

2 comments:

Catherine Scott-Richardson said...

My family has adored the works of Hayao Miyazaki for a number of years, our favorites are Totoro, The Cat Returns and Ponyo. My personal favorite is Only Yesterday -still a little 'old' for my girls to enjoy, but one I hope to share with them soon. It is a nice surprise to find a kindred spirit regarding children's anime...

simplethingstolove said...

Hi Catherine, it is our great fall back on a rainy day and the boys never seem to tire of the films. The last two we had out were Kiki's Delivery Service which was sweet and Howl's Moving Castle. We have tried Spirited Away a couple of times, however it is still as little 'spooky'. We hope to get to Ghibli Museum in Tokyo, it was created by Hayao and has a lifesize Cat Bus for the children amongst other things. I would love to see their reactions.

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