Hayao Miyazaki at the Academy Museum

L.A.’s Academy Museum opens with the first-ever North American retrospective of the beloved Japanese animator.

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October 1, 2021 10:00 AM

June 1, 2022 10:00 AM


Academy Museum


''Hayao Miyazaki,” which opens with the Academy Museum’s debut on September 30, features over 300 storyboards, concept images and backgrounds, many of them on display outside of Studio Ghibli’s Tokyo headquarters for the first time. It pulls from the director’s 11 feature films, with a particularly strong tilt toward My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away as well as his lush, enchanted forest settings. To be clear, it’s a Miyazaki exhibition and not necessarily a Ghibli one, so you’ll find pieces from every Miyazaki-directed film, but not ones from the animation studio’s late cofounder, Isao Takahata (so you won’t have to worry about sobbing in front of any Grave of the Fireflies scenes).

The bulk of the exhibition lays things out thematically: Overwhelmingly blue paintings from Ponyo’s submerged scenes cover a wall next one with the earthy hue’s of Miyazaki’s nostalgic abodes (there’s a particularly adorable scale model of the Japanese-meets-Western house from My Neighbor Totoro). Others tackle the director’s enduring fascination with planes (mechanically-minded drawings from Porco Rosso and The Wind Rises) and the sooty collision between industry and nature (including a physical cross section of the coal mine from Castle in the Sky). You can get lost in Alpine landscapes and the skittering stronghold from Howl’s Moving Castle and admire the stunning architectural details of images of the bathhouse from Spirited Away. ''-Time Out LA


Tickets are available on the Academy Museum: WEBSITE
Timed Tickets: 25$

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