We just got into the Disney panel, which started very late. Fortunately, we haven't missed anything Miyazaki related-- they're talking about Toy Story 3 at the moment. In fact, they just announced that Ken, as in Barbie and Ken, is making his movie debut in Toy Story 3, and Michael Keaton will be voicing him. Which is cool.
Are you guys interested in this stuff? They're redoing Beauty and the Beast in 3D. *puts on 3D glasses that were handed out when we got in* I didn't know Beauty and the Beast was the only animated film to be nominated for a best picture award. Huh! We saw the opening "Bonjour" sequence in 3D and it looked absolutely beautiful. Will have to go for that one.
Can I just say, I know it's unrelated, but I actually am excited about The Princess and the Frog. It's a return to hand-drawn animation in the classical Disney style of Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, etc, and it's also a return to an actual MUSICAL, which I'm a huge fan of. I just wish they had Alan Menken in, but they have a New Orleans native, Randy Newman, instead, so that's cool too.
Oh, oh, is it? Could it be? Yes? Please? Yes, Hayao Miyazaki! The girl next to me is even more excited than I am. Wow. I think she's going to hyperventilate before he even makes it out....she even tells me she bought the DVD from Japan. Wow. I just hope she doesn't whistle again because wow, it hurt my ear.
Without further ado...?
His storyboarding process involves thinking, thinking, and thinking about his stories for a long time. If you have a better way, please let him know.
He says he wanted to make Ponyo a simple story and show the simplicity in the colors. Since the main character is red, he didn't want her to overwhelm other colors, so they were brightened as well.
Music is also a key component in Miyazaki films; he was just asked when he brings Joe Hisaishi in on projects. It's fairly early on to discuss just what kind of film it is and where he's going with it. He gives Hisaishi-san some notes, like Ponyo is a goldfish, this is what her world is like, here are some motifs throughout the film. Hisaishi then composes the music as he sees fit, and he makes an image album-- all of the music for the film, not necessarily all of which gets used. In fact, in My Neighbor Totoro, some music didn't get used, and Hisaishi still tells Miyazaki that he should have used it (and Miyazaki still disagrees). Now we're getting treated to a clip...
Comic-Con just presented John Lasseter and Hayao Miyazaki with the Inkpot Award, for those with great contributions to popular culture. It's for achievement in animation. Tite Kubo was given one last year.
Tonight, Miyazaki-sensei is inviting everyone to screen the entirety of Ponyo at 8pm at the Pacific Gaslamp theater at 5th and G street, first come first serve, and somehow I doubt I'll make it...excuse me, I have to go line up at a theater....
Someone asked Miyazaki about his inspirations. Miyazaki-sensei says he wishes he could remember the way he thinks of the stories but he always forgets how they come up. Aw....
Some of the people with questions for Miyazaki are really, really overwhelmed. This girl just asked about Miyazaki's female protagonists, and someone on the panel said "because we're awesome." Miyazaki answers that it's because women are strong and beautiful. Cue the sudden female applause throughout the room.
Last question is for Miyazaki, about Nausicaa. What was his inspiration, and does the movie carry the same message now, or does it carry more, given the environmental status of the planet? He responds that Nausicaa was actually something that he originally drew as a mana, and he thought it couldn't be animated. When the idea came to make it into a movie, he had a lot of trouble trying to make that work.
The end! Gotta run to VIZ!