The Art of Princess Mononoke

Animation Magazine - - Frame- By- Frame - By Hayao Miyazaki [Stu­dio Ghi­bli Li­brary, $34.99]

Lead­ing North Amer­i­can an­ime/ manga distrib­u­tor VIZ Me­dia, through its Stu­dio Ghi­bli Li­brary banner, has is­sued a beau­ti­ful, up­dated hard­cover edi­tion of this must-own ti­tle. Re­leased in 1997, Mononoke was the first of Hayao Miyazaki’s films to re­ally break into the Amer­i­can main­stream, and this book cap­tures the fan­tasy ad­ven­ture’s jour­ney from con­cept to the big screen in stun­ning de­tail.

In ad­di­tion to looks at the di­rec­tor’s orginal con­cept art, fin­ished 2D cels from the film and the early use of CG in the film’s pro­duc­tion, the re-re­lease in­cludes fine-tuned trans­la­tions of in­ter­views with the film­maker. Now that the great master has hung up his fea­ture di­rect­ing hat (al­legedly for good, for real, this time, for sure), this up­dated look at one of his sem­i­nal works is a great ad­di­tion to any an­i­ma­tion fan’s li­brary.

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