by Chris MaGee
Here's just something neat for this Simcoe Day holiday (at least here in Ontario). The Auteurs, via Twitter has pointed the way to an interview with both Hayao Miyazaki and French comic artist Moebius (a.k.a Jean Giraud) about their long-standing appreciation and respect for each others' work. This video seems to have been taken from a TV documentary filmed at the time of the "Miyazaki-Moebius Exhibition" that was held in Paris in the winter of 2004 through to the spring of 2005 at the Monnaie de Paris.
Watching a film like "Nausicaa" you can definitely see the influence of Moebius on Miyazaki's vision (just check out the comparison above), but it's interesting to hear Moebius pointing out how so many of Miyazaki's imaginary worlds are rooted in an idealized viewpoint of Europe. Fascinating stuff, so by all means give it a look.