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This Miyazaki cartoon should have been a triumph, but turned out to be a failure (even before its premiere)

This Miyazaki cartoon should have been a triumph, but turned out to be a failure (even before its premiere)
This Miyazaki cartoon should have been a triumph, but turned out to be a failure (even before its premiere)

Frame from the movie “The Boy and the Bird”

It turned out not to be quite in the spirit of the masterpieces of classic world anime.

On July 4, 2024, the Russian premiere of Hayao Miyazaki’s new film “The Boy and the Bird” took place. The premiere was long-awaited and hard-won. The creator’s fans are very devoted; they are ready to “suffer” for years for the release of the master’s next masterpiece.

And since the anime was so eagerly awaited, they expected at least a “wow” effect (forgive the tautology), but unfortunately it didn’t happen. It’s true that this didn’t stop the film from receiving an Oscar for Best Animated Feature and a Golden Globe for a similar achievement.

However, loyal fans of Miyazaki’s work do not consider his latest creation a masterpiece. Storyline? After the mysterious disappearance of his mother, Mahito moves to a small town in the company of his father. There he meets a heron – a guide to a new and unusual world, behind the door of which adventures begin and secrets are revealed.

Why did the film reach viewers less than usual? Loyal fans know for sure: the anime is not much different from the previous one, from animation to plot. The film did not come out with a multi-layered philosophical plot, which fans think about for hours and days, but as a bright, beautiful, but quite simple anime.

This Miyazaki cartoon should have been a triumph, but turned out to be a failure (even before its premiere)

Frame from the movie “The Boy and the Bird”

Many devoted fans unanimously agree: they wanted something more, and it was this “little” that was not enough to recognize “The Boy and the Bird” as a masterpiece. Yes, Miyazaki’s film has huge box office receipts, and yes, a large number of awards. But all this seems not enough, not enough. The creator has set the bar too high…

Source: Popcorn News

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