The Simpsons pays homage to Miyazaki
The Simpsons has just done something truly magical (a sentence I didn't think I'd be uttering this afternoon); they've done a loving animated tribute to Hayao Miyazaki.
Miyazaki is, as many of you are aware, the genius behind Howl's Moving Castle, My Neighbour Totoro, Spirited Away and a frankly awe-inspiring body of animated films, all emerging from the studio he co-founded, Studio Ghibli. In Japan, he's practically a saint. His films dance from drama to adventure to romance, through childhood wonder and pure escapism, like nothing you'll see anywhere else.
So why is The Simpsons suddenly paying homage? Well, he just retired. His final film, The WInd Rises, is being released globally. Anime fans are both devestated (there'll be no more proper Miyazaki films; hs son, Goro, doesn't have the same feel his father did), and grateful that such a brilliant, generous body of work exists.
Here, then, is how the creators of The Simpsons paid homage.
Wonderful. Utterly wonderful. Just turned 73, finishing on a wonderful film (The Wind Rises truly is something special, by the way), and beloved the world over.
Not a bad way to go.