The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

  • Sat Jan 24
  • Sun Jan 25
The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness
Mami Sunada
Hayao Miyazaki, John Lasseter, Hideaki Anno

Grandmaster animators Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata and their cohort are the subjects of this lovely documentary/virtual tour of Studio Ghibli. Getting to see the masters in their element is a rare treat, and one which the director of this intimate doc clearly relishes— fans of the iconic studio will come away with a greater appreciation for the precision and discipline that goes into making their favorite dreamworlds come alive. Miyazaki is mythic in his own right, so to see him on his own turf doing what he does best is, as the AV Club puts it, “pornographically interesting for Studio Ghibli fans.” Those not so obsessively driven by Miyazaki’s utterly enchanting stable (Kiki, Ashitaka, Chihiro, and Totoro to name a few) will be granted an inside look into the discipline and dedication of cinema’s greatest living geniuses.


DCP color
1 hour 58 minutes
release year/country
2013 Japan