99% of People Can't Name These Miyazaki Movies from a Screenshot! Can You?

By: Jody Mabry

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In over five decades Hayao Miyazaki has become one of the most acclaimed people in the anime industry as he has participated in nearly every role available for a filmmaker. He has won 95 awards for his films and was nominated for many more. How many of these Miyazaki movies can you name from a screenshot. Try your luck and see!

Released in 2001, "Spirited Away" follows a young girl named Chihiro who, shortly after moving with her parents to a new town, discovers the entrance to the spirit world while exploring, and becomes wrapped up in an adventure involving pigs, an evil witch and a dragon.

"Porco Rosso" is a 1992 Miyazaki film based on a watercolor manga he created. The film centers around a cursed Italian World War I pilot who has been turned into a pig.

While the majority of Miyazaki's films take place in fantasy environments, Porco Rosso can be traced to real-world locations and politics.

"The Castle of Cagliostro" marked many firsts for Miyazaki. Primarily, it was his first film on which he served as director.

The plot of "The Secret World of "Arriety" may seem familiar to those who grew up with movies like "The Indian in the Cupboard" and "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids."

"My Neighbor Totoro" is a classic Miyazaki film that tells the story of two girls - Satsuki and Mei - and their father as they move into a new town to be closer to the hospital where their mother is being treated for a long-term illness. When Mei discovers strange, soot-like creatures in the house, the girls begin an adventure involving spirits and a cat-shaped bus flying through the sky.

Kiki is no ordinary girl - she's a witch, and she's just trying to get by. Using her powers, Kiki starts her own postal service in her town and flies around on her broom delivering mail and packages to the locals.

Produced by Studio Ghibli, "Pom Poko" follows the lives of various tanukis in 1960s Japan. Tanukis are a folklore staple in Japan, usually depicted as bipedal raccoons with exceptionally large testicles.

As a music video, "Ghibli Experimental Theatre On Your Mark" is a departure from Miyazaki's usual fare. The video was produced for the popular song "On Your Mark" by Japanese soft rock duo Chage & Aska.

Also known as "Laputa: Castle in the Sky" in both the United Kingdom and Australia (and to many American fans), this Miyazaki film is considered one of his classics, released in 1986. The movie's plot follows two young protagonists, Sheeta and Pazu, as they search for the titular castle while evading a military force that seeks to rob them of a powerful crystal in Sheeta's necklace.

Shown only at Japan's Ghibli Museum, "Koro no Daisanpo" is a tough film to track down. It's a short piece centered on the misadventures of a puppy named Koro; the title translates to "Koro's Big Walk" in English.

Another movie released only in Japan, "The Wind Rises" came out in 2013. "The Cat Returns" came out in 2002, "Howl's Moving Castle" in 2008, and "Kiki's Delivery Service" in 1989.

Fuki, a redhead with pigtails, is a short film by Miyazaki that follows the girl as she searches for a new home. It includes very minimal spoken dialogue.

"Princess Mononoke," released in 1997, is an epic fantasy film that, like "Porco Rosso," ostensibly takes place in the real world during the Muromachi period. At ¥11.3 billion, it dominated box office records in Japan until the release of "Titanic."

"From Up on Poppy Hill" is based on a shojo manga (a Japanese comic for a teen female audience) by Tetsuo Sayama and Chizuru Takahashi.

The screenplay, of "Whisper of the Heart," may have been written by Hayao Miyazaki, but it was the first theatrical Studio Ghibli film not directed by him. The film was also Kondo's directorial debut. He would die shortly after.

This 2006 short film was directed by Hayao Miyazaki and written in collaboration with Naohisa Inoue. It was shown exclusively in Tokyo's Saturn Theatre.

The first twelve seconds of the film involve a crazy number of undersea fish and creatures. There were so many that it required 1,613 pages of conceptual sketches. The film also features over 170,000 images - the most in any Miyazaki film.

This short film is exclusively shown in a Tokyo theatre. It is completely dialogue-free.

Christian Bale, being a big fan of the 2001 "Spirited Away" agreed to play whatever role given in "Howl's Moving Castle." He had no idea it would be a lead role.

Kittenbus is the child of Catbus from the film, "My Neighbor Totoro." This 13-minute short-film is one of the Miyazaki films shown exclusively at the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo.

"Tales from EarthSea" is owned by Studio Ghibli, yet was also the first film either produced or distributed by Disney which received the rating of PG-13. Miyazaki wanted to direct this film but was too busy working on "Howl's Moving Castle" at the time.

"Panda! Go, Panda!" is a 35-minute film from 1972. The film is later referenced in the 1983 TV episode of "Urusei yatsura: Ran-chan's Great Date Plan."

For a short 12-minute film "Mr. Dough and the Egg Princess" has a record number of animated drawings per second for Studio Ghibli. There was an average of 33 per second.

In this futuristic film, a spaceship is built to abandon Earth. But, instead, it crashes on an isolated island. Conan and his grandfather are all that remain. The film is 49-minutes long.

This six-minute short is featured exclusively at the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo. Hayao Miyazaki is both the director and narrator of this film.

"Nezumi no Sumo" is a Japanese folk tale based on an old couple who assist mice in a sumo fight. In return, they are thanked with enough gold to live comfortably for life.

"Kujiiratori" is a 16-minute short shown at the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo. It is inspired by the imagination of children and drawn for a younger fan-base compared to the typical Miyazaki film.

Similar to the "Jack and the Beanstalk" fairytale, this short is about a fox who gives a young boy a seed which grows into a house.

A curse has turned an ace World War I fighter pilot into a pig. With a resemblance to the real-life Red Baron, Porco Rosso, in Italian, stands for "Red Pig."

"Howl's Moving Castle" is based on a novel of the same name. While the film is centered around war, it's interesting that there is no mention of the war in the novel.

The cities of Stockholm and Visby, Sweden are the inspiration for the fictional city of Koriko where Kiki sets up her delivery service. During one of the early scenes, Kiki is almost hit by a bus that bears the name Ghibli Studios, that produced the film.

The film wasn't an immediate success. In fact, it wasn't until two years later, in 1990, that stuffed dolls of Totoro were created which gave the film popularity. That is when the studio finally broke even on the film.

This hour-long film follows six heroes through the Valley of the Wind. This live-sequence movie was filmed in California with a $4-million budget.

Hiromaso had an amazing directorial debut at the age of 36. 7.5 million people flocked to theatres to see the movie. This was a record for a first-time director.

Miyazaki claims this film is the first time he cried after watching the screening for one of his own films. Going a little old-school, human voices make up the majority of sound effects, such as engines and the earthquake. This was Miyazaki's final feature-length film.

"Kiki's Delivery Service" follows a young witch on a mandatory year-long sabbatical into the ordinary world. The film was a great success and was later remade as a live action movie.

"Howl's Moving Castle" was written and directed by Miyazaki. It follows a shy young woman who is cursed to appear old.

"My Neighbor Totoro" follows the imagination of two young girls who move to the country to take care of their sick mother. The movie is thought by many to be autobiographical as Miyazaki's own mother was hospitalized often with spinal tuberculosis when he was a child. While it is implied in the film, it is never said, the mother appears to have the same affliction.

This teenage adventure follows a group of Japanese friends who are trying to save their school's clubhouse from destruction while the city prepares for the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo.

Miyazaki is known for imaginative tales, although aside from being turned into a pig, Porko Rosso is one of only a handful of his films set in a defined location, time-period and with a plot that could have actually happened.

The movie was rewritten and cut so much for the European and U.S. release that Miyazaki was hesitant to show it outside of Japan. After all was said and done, nearly 25 minutes was cut from the original movie release.

"Tales of the Valley of the Wind" was one of the few live-action films involving Miyazaki. It is based in an imaginary land with Japanese themes but filmed in Calabasses, CA.

Miyazaki directed this film in 1984. It is just under 50 minutes and involves a futuristic world quite unlike anything you would expect.

"Princess Mononoke" has some of Hollywood's finest in this collection of celebs. The movie has voice-actors: Billy Bob Thornton, Minnie Driver, Claire Danes, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Gillian Anderson to name a few.

While Miyazaki's movies take viewers on a wild ride of imagination he also takes much of the theme and plot from real life. It is widely speculated that Castorp was inspired by the Soviet spy, Richard Sorge. And the earthquake and fire in the movie were based on the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake.

Miyazaki seems to love children wandering off into mysterious lands. In "Spirited Away" a 10-year-old girl finds herself in a world of Gods, witches, and spirits, where humans exist as beasts.

"Tales of the Valley of the Wind" is an adaptation of Miyazaki's 1984 film, "Nausicca of the Valley of the Wind." Miyazaki's film was adapted from his own Manga. While the film was created before Ghibli Studios officially existed, it was considered the film that put the studio on the map.

"Kiki's Delivery Service" can in some ways be depicted as an alternate telling of history. It takes place in a 1950s Europe where the prior two World Wars never occurred. Another historical note is that during the Zeppelin accident, the radio broadcaster tosses out the popular words from the Hindenburg disaster, "Oh, the humanity!"

Disney made some changes to the original movie. For example, in the scene where Kiki is given coffee, Disney changed coffee to hot chocolate. Disney later explained that they felt coffee was inappropriate for children to be drinking.

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