Japanese animator subject of Rockport talk

Aug 07, 2019
An image from one of Hayao Miyazaki's movies, "Kiki's Delivery Service" (1989, Japan).

ROCKPORT — Professor Susan Napier gives a talk entitled "Miyazaki in Maine: The Universal Message of a Japanese Animator" on Friday, Aug. 16, at 5:30 p.m. at The Barn Swallow Book Shop, 166 Russell Ave.

Hayao Miyazaki, born in Tokyo in 1941, is widely considered to be the world’s greatest living animator. Over the course of his almost 60 year career he has delighted audiences globally with his compelling, beautifully animated tales of adventure and self-discovery. While Miyazaki grew up in war-torn Japan and was inspired by Japan’s natural beauty, he was also heavily influenced by Western children’s literature. His movies express universal messages in which his characters, often independent females, confront the world’s challenges with intelligence and resilience.

Napier is professor of rhetoric and Japanese studies at Tufts University and one of the leading authorities on Japanese animation in the world.

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