Sometimes, people call the filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki the “Japanese Walt Disney” (even though he’s said to hate it). In his 40-year career, Miyazaki has created such films as Castle in the Sky, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Spirited Away. In this 17-minute video essay, Lewis Bond takes us through Miyazaki’s genius and how he excels at bringing three-dimensional characters to his two-dimensional films. “His aim wasn’t to make films that spoke down to children. His aim was to make films that would help us all understand the human condition,” Bond says. Video essays like this and more of Bond’s work can be found on his YouTube channel.
— Video by Lewis Bond, originally appeared in The Atlantic Videos.