Stills from Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘The Wind Rises’
「ハンバーガー１個じゃ足りない!! I can’t think that
one hamberger is
enough for you!! (2010)」Part.1
A dark fairy tale about surviving the human experience
Aurora’s having a tea party with Hector, the prince she’s been dreaming about, when a sudden deluge forces them to take shelter elsewhere. They emerge from the skull of a dead girl into the woods at night, and find themselves amongst a crowd of tiny people, all of whom are milling about. Aurora quickly takes charge of the situation, and at first things seem to be going well for most of her friends. Despite a few injuries and deaths and a lot of hunger, they forage successfully, and befriend a mouse that lives in the neighborhood. But as time goes by, more and more of the little people begin to lose hope, turning against one another in brutal ways.
Beautiful Darkness is a harrowing look at the human psyche and the darkness that hides behind the routine politeness and meaningless kindness of civilized society. The sweet faces and bright leaves of Kerascoet’s joyful watercolors only serve to highlight the evil which dwells beneath, as characters allow their pettiness, greed, and jealousy to take over. Beautiful Darkness presents a bleak allegory on the human condition; Kerascoet and Vehlman’s work is a searing condemnation of our vast capacity for evil writ tiny.
Now available in English from Drawn & Quarterly | pdf preview
One of the darkest, darkest of fairy tale I’ve ever read. Loved it! So glad to see it translated in english. Will be easy to share with english speaking friends.
Shots from the Rabbi’s Cat Film :)
This is one of the greatest films I’ve ever seen. Not only is the animation gorgeous, but the messages it has on accepting people of other faith are fantastic.
“God loves science, and literature, and the arts. God is at his most peaceful when his children are happy.”
I rewatched only yesterday last week, which is what mostly influenced my ghibli jam submission; the past of ghibli cheering itself on to new and greater things!
whether you are optimistic about the miyazaki-absent future of ghibli or not, there’s no denying that they’ll continue to make beautiful films in the future.
a little update: Got convinced to buy an adonit jot pressure sensitive pen for the ipad and I’ve been trying to get used to using it!!
my foundations are shaky to non-existent anyway so it’s been a good way to learn
still-lifes/studies are kinda boring so i tend to do these while watching breaking bad
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From the artbook The Art of Kiki’s Delivery Service, Studio Ghibli (1989), written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki.