They have an idea of what goes into Ghibli’s animation, but that doesn’t make a story and characters automatically engaging. So sorry they weren’t jerking off over every second of My Neighbor Totoro.
Seriously, imagine being so ignorant that you would think JOEY of all people wouldn’t know what goes into Ghibli’s animation (or Garnt for that matter). The dude has interviewed dozens of people in the industry in Japan, directors, animators, mangaka, light novel authors, etc. And their podcast is one of the most successful in modern day, and has gathered the attention of a lot of Japanese media and such. They don’t need attention, bitch they got ALL the attention focused on them. They’re just not afraid to give their honest feelings on Ghibli because they’re super popular and don’t care if they piss off the Ghibli simps.
Also, LMAO, “don’t make a film based on your feelings”, Miyazaki, you put your fucking “protect the environment“ message in so many of your films even the 90’s told you to calm down. Like, I actually read Howl’s Moving Castle, and there wasn’t any pro-environment message in it, but of course Miyazaki can’t help himself.
And regardless, it was an asshole thing to say. Goro was nearly 40 when he made that film. He was a fucking adult with a job. And the film, regardless of whether one likes it or not, was clearly a competent production. He qualifies as an adult regardless of what some petty person has to say. Miyazaki could have just kept his mouth shut during his smoke break (hell, he hadn’t even seen all the film at that point) and there’s no downplaying such a vicious insult to his son he said while cameras were on him. If he had apologized specifically for saying that, fair enough, but he did not. Also, don’t be talking about someone needing to grow up as you’re showing you’ve got a bad enough smoking problem you couldn’t even make it through your son’s first movie. Hey, normally I wouldn’t low blow like that, but Miyazaki swung first, you know?
Also, the fact that Miyazaki was opposed to Goro directing from day one means he couldn’t view Goro’s film without bias. Hell, even the author is off base, like okay she’s not happy with Goro changing stuff from the book, fair enough, but then she acts like Hayao would have been a better fit. Why? Maybe she should actually read Howl’s Moving Castle, Hayao changed a LOT from the book, so no, an Earthsea film might have been just as, if not more so, unfaithful.
Funny, Miyazaki himself screams “I refuse to grow up in some regards”. Can’t help but put the same message in tons of his films, blindly generalizes the rest of the industry, refused to go to the US to accept his Oscar because of the war in Iraq ([sarcasm]ah yes, I remember when the Oscars sponsored the War in Iraq. It was all over the news![/sarcasm]), constantly ”retires” but then comes back multiple times which feels like a cheap way to build hype for “his actual last film, no for real this time guys!”, he felt the need to make it clear he did not give a shit when Osamu Tezuka (The Godfather of manga himself) passed away, generalizes a lot of American films as promoting violence against innocents and being racist (seriously, read his views on the Lord of the Rings movies and Indiana Jones, they’re insane), thinks global warming is neat and looks forward to cities being submerged underwater, etc….wait, holy shit, what was that last one?! Ah yes, Miyazaki thinks potential deaths and the destruction of countless homes, jobs, etc. is something he’d like to see and he admits it!
Huh, guess he wasn’t very critical or demanding when making Ponyo, huh?
So criticism is good, unless it’s directed towards Ghibli and Miyazaki, who we all have to praise like mindless sheep without a single contrasting opinion?
Seriously, get over yourself. I like a few Ghibli films, but I don’t love everything they’ve done including a few Miyazaki directed. And I’m free to consider someone an ass for doing something. Lord knows Miyazaki seems to want people to think he’s an asshole, and only the most diehard Ghibli fanboys can’t see that. Guess what? Based on a few things he’s said, I also think that Alan Moore comes off as a pretentious prick. I like some of his comics, but that doesn’t make me obligated to like the guy himself. That’s just how reality works, sorry to make you realize that.