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30 Memorable Hayao Miyazaki Quotes

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Hayao Miyazaki may be known for his animated films, but his outlook on life is hardly G-rated (neither are most of his films). To celebrate the Oscar-winning filmmaker's 76th birthday, here are 30 straightforward quotes about life, movies, and beyond.

ON INSPIRATION

“I get inspiration from my everyday life.”

ON CHILDREN

“We get strength and encouragement from watching children."

“I don't like games. You're robbing the precious time of children to be children. They need to be in touch with the real world more.”

ON HUMAN NATURE

“Humans have both the urge to create and destroy.”

“In the past, humans hesitated when they took lives, even non-human lives. But society had changed, and they no longer felt that way. As humans grew stronger, I think that we became quite arrogant, losing the sorrow of 'we have no other choice.' I think that in the essence of human civilization, we have the desire to become rich without limit, by taking the lives of other creatures.”

ON DECISION-MAKING

“Sometimes I test myself saying, 'If I get a death sentence if I don't make this movie, would I still make this movie?'”

ON RELATIONSHIPS

“I’ve become skeptical of the unwritten rule that just because a boy and girl appear in the same feature, a romance must ensue. Rather, I want to portray a slightly different relationship, one where the two mutually inspire each other to live—if I’m able to, then perhaps I’ll be closer to portraying a true expression of love.”

“Once you have met someone, you never really forget them.”

ON WOMEN

“Many of my movies have strong female leads—brave, self-sufficient girls that don't think twice about fighting for what they believe with all their heart. They'll need a friend, or a supporter, but never a savior. Any woman is just as capable of being a hero as any man.”

ON MOVIEMAKING

“All my films are all my children.”

“I can't stand modern movies. The images are too weird and eccentric for me.”

“I would like to make a film to tell children ‘it's good to be alive.’”

"In order to grow your audience, you must betray their expectations."

ON ART

“If [hand-drawn animation] is a dying craft, we can't do anything about it. Civilization moves on. Where are all the fresco painters now? Where are the landscape artists? What are they doing now? The world is changing. I have been very fortunate to be able to do the same job for 40 years. That's rare in any era.”

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ON THE CREATIVE PROCESS

“The creation of a single world comes from a huge number of fragments and chaos.”

“My process is thinking, thinking and thinking—thinking about my stories for a long time.”

“I do believe in the power of story. I believe that stories have an important role to play in the formation of human beings, that they can stimulate, amaze, and inspire their listeners.”

“Animators can only draw from their own experiences of pain and shock and emotions.”

ON BELIEVING IN ONESELF

“Always believe in yourself. Do this and no matter where you are, you will have nothing to fear.”

ON TECHNOLOGY

“It seems like everything that we see perceived in the brain before we actually use our own eyes, that everything we see is coming through computers or machines and then is being input in our brain cells. So that really worries me.”

“Do everything by hand, even when using the computer."

ON CRITICS

“I never read reviews. I'm not interested. But I value a lot the reactions of the spectators.”

ON LIFE

“Life is a winking light in the darkness.”

“Yet, even amidst the hatred and carnage, life is still worth living. It is possible for wonderful encounters and beautiful things to exist.”

ON GOOD VERSUS EVIL

“You must see with eyes unclouded by hate. See the good in that which is evil, and the evil in that which is good. Pledge yourself to neither side, but vow instead to preserve the balance that exists between the two.”

“The concept of portraying evil and then destroying it—I know this is considered mainstream, but I think it is rotten. This idea that whenever something evil happens someone particular can be blamed and punished for it, in life and in politics is hopeless.”

ON RETIREMENT

“If you're going to retire, retire early.”

ON THE FUTURE

“The future is clear. It’s going to fall apart. What’s the use in worrying? It’s inevitable.”

“You may not like what's happening, but just accept it, and let's try to live together. Even if you feel angry, let's be patient and endure, let's try to live together. I've realized that this is the only way forward.”

ON AGING

“Is someone different at age 18 or 60? I believe one stays the same.”

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You Can Still Visit This Forgotten Flintstones Theme Park in Arizona
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Like many pop culture institutions of the 20th century, Hanna-Barbera’s The Flintstones hasn’t been relegated to just one medium. The animated cast of America's favorite modern Stone Age family sold cigarettes, starred in a live-action 1994 film, and inspired all sorts of merchandise, including video games and lunchboxes. In 1972, it also got the theme park treatment.

Bedrock City, located 30 minutes from the Grand Canyon in Williams, Arizona, was the brainchild of Linda and Francis Speckels, a married couple who bought the property and turned it into a 6-acre tourist attraction. Concrete houses were built to resemble the Flintstone and Rubble residences and are furnished with props; a large metal slide resembles a brontosaurus, so kids can mimic the show’s famous title credits sequence; and statues of the characters are spread all over the premises. The site also doubles as an RV campground and parking site.

A Flintstones theme park house
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A statue of Bam-Bam at the Flintstones park in Arizona
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A statue of Wilma Flintstone at Bedrock City in Arizona
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When it first opened, Bedrock City employed actors to stay in character, but the remote location proved challenging to retain both employees and visitors. Over the past four decades, it's had a steady stream of tourists, but not enough to turn a huge profit. Atlas Obscura reports the attractions are in various stages of disrepair.

Linda Speckels put the property up for sale in 2015 with an asking price of $2 million, but it has yet to sell. One possible hold-up: The new owner would have to negotiate a fresh licensing deal with Hanna-Barbera and Warner Bros. for the right to continue using the show’s trademarks. (A separate Flintstones park in South Dakota, owned by another member of the Speckels family, was sold and closed in 2015.) With its proximity to the Canyon, the 30 total acres could be converted into almost anything, from a mall to a golf course. For Flintstones enthusiasts, the hope is that the park’s unique attractions won’t be reduced to rubble.

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Watch Terry Gilliam's 1968 Animated Christmas Card
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In 1968, future Monty Python member Terry Gilliam was kicking around London, working as an animator. He was asked to put together an animated segment for a Christmas show, so he hopped over to the Tate and photocopied a bunch of Victorian Christmas cards for inspiration. The resulting film, The Christmas Card, is brilliant, bizarre, and delightful. Enjoy some pre-Python madness from the master:

If you liked that, check out Terry Gilliam explaining his animation technique in 1974.

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