Episode 7 – Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

Nausicaa on her glider over the desertTharon Hall and Matt Robison talk about the 1984 Miyazaki classic, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, the movie that kicked off Studio Ghibli and helped inspire animators around the world.

During this episode, we talk about: the post-apocalyptic setting, Disney movies that were released around the same time, the influence the movie (and Miyazaki) has had all the way to Wall-E, the strength of the movie’s heroine, the animation and some of our favorite scenes, our first introductions to foreign films when young, the villains of the movie, the relationship of mankind with the earth, comparisons to the manga/comic, and the appropriateness of scaring children.

A moving tribute from John Lasseter, director of Toy Story and now chief creative officer at Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios and DisneyToon Studios. A good rundown of the importance of Miyazaki.

Here is Lasseter introducing Nausicaa, and talking about the influence it had on The Rescuers Down Under:

Image of the fox squirrel:

Fox squirrel licking Nausicaa's finger

The closing shot:

Last scene of Nausicaa - green sprout

For a list of other Miyazaki films, go here. Some other favorites are Laputa: Castle in the SkySpirited AwayPorco Rosso, and Princess Mononoke.

About Tharon:

Tharon Hall is a Christian father of four, grandfather of two and a self-proclaimed “Microcontroller Evangelist.”. He grew up in the era of Speed Racer and Godzilla movies. Tharon has never lost his love of animation. He is also a “maker of things” in the Internet of Things.