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The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Announces Miyazaki at the Modern: Masterpieces of Animation

The Lone Star Film Society’s ArthouseFW joins the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in celebrating the art of Japanese film director, animator, mangaka, illustrator, producer, and screenwriter Hayao Miyazaki.

Throughout a career that spanned six decades, Miyazaki attained international acclaim as a masterful storyteller and brilliant creator of anime feature films. Along with Isao Takahata, he co-founded Studio Ghibli, the famed Japanese film and animation studio. The success of Miyazaki’s films has invited comparisons with American animator Walt Disney, British animator Nick Park, and American director Steven Spielberg. He is considered one of the most popular and influential animators in the history of cinema. In 2013, Miyazaki announced his retirement from animation, adding special significance to this retrospective series celebrating his career.

All screenings in the series will be presented in 35mm, with the exception of PRINCESS MONONOKE and SPIRITED AWAY which will screen in hi-res HD transfer Direct Cinema Projection (DCP). The Modern Art Museum has the only theater in Fort Worth that is properly equipped to accommodate archival film prints such as the ones to be used for the series, making this exhibition particularly special. In addition, there will be a special late night screening of SPIRITED AWAY in the original un-dubbed version (Japanese with English subtitles) on Friday, August 16.

Dr. Pamela Gossin and Dr. Marc Hairston will introduce four of the six screenings individually. Dr. Gossin will lead a discussion after NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND, and Dr. Hairston will lead a discussion after PRINCESS MONONOKE. Both Dr. Gossin and Dr. Hairston are active members of the Advisory Board for the academic journal Mechademia, the first devoted to the academic study of anime and manga.

Japanese refreshments will be served in the Grand Lobby following the screening of NAUSICAÄ, and ticket holders can take part in a special gallery conversation and refreshments after KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE. A number of manga-inspired gifts will also be available in the Modern Shop.

Screenings will be held in the Modern’s auditorium. Tickets are $9, $8 for Modern members, $6 for Lone Star members and Modern Reel People, $5 for children under 12, and free for ArthouseFW passholders. Tickets may be purchased in advance at or by calling the Modern at 817.738.9215. Tickets will also be available for sale at the Modern two hours prior to show time.


Saturday, August 2, 2 pm
35mm, Hayao Miyazaki, 1984, 116 minutes, English
Dr. Pamela Gossin will provide an introduction and lead a discussion after the screening.

Dr. Gossin studies the interdisciplinary interrelations of literature, history, and science, especially astronomy and cosmology, from the ancient world through the Scientific Revolution to the present. Dr. Gossin is an active member of the Advisory Board of Mechademia, the world’s first academic journal devoted to the study of anime and manga. Dr. Gossin has taught several courses on anime and manga, including “Literature of Fantasy: Anime from Ghibli to Steampunk” and a lecture course at the University of Texas at Dallas titled “Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Anime Fantasy of Hayao Miyazaki.”

The debut film from Hayao Miyazaki, NAUSICAÄ, is considered by many to be his masterwork-and there are few films, animated or otherwise, of such sweeping scope and grandeur. Set in a devastated future world decimated by atmospheric poisons and swarming with gigantic insects, NAUSICAÄ is the story of a young princess, both brave and innocent, whose love for all living things and passionate determination to understand the processes of nature lead her into terrible danger, sacrifice, and eventual triumph.

Guests are invited for traditional Japanese refreshments (Taiyaki and green tea punch) in the Grand Lobby following the screening. Stop by the Modern Shop and peruse a wide selection of Totoro merchandise, manga books, and anime costumes.

Saturday, August 9, 11 am
35mm, Hayao Miyazaki, 1989, 102 minutes, English
Dr. Marc Hairston will provide an introduction to the screening.

In KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE, a young witch uses her broom to create a delivery service, only to lose her gift of flight in a moment of self-doubt. Rarely has the animator’s art been so brilliantly rendered as in this delightfully imaginative film-a beautiful and timeless story of a young girl finding her way in the world.

12:45-1:30 pm – Please join us for a special gallery conversation and activity focusing on ideas and sensitivities shared by Miyazaki’s films and highlighting certain works of art as well as aspects of the Modern’s Tadao Ando-designed building (admission included with film ticket). Also, enjoy Ramune sodas, Kusugai candies, face painting, and special activities in the Modern’s Grand Lobby. Shop for an adorable child-sized manga costume in the Modern Shop or wear a manga costume of your own design. Create an anime “selfie” in the Modern Shop against an anime backdrop!

Saturday, August 9, 2 pm
35mm, Hayao Miyazaki, 1988, 86 minutes, English
Dr. Marc Hairston will provide an introduction to the screening.

One of the most endearing and internationally renowned films of all time, a film that Roger Ebert called “one of the five best movies” ever made for children, MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO is a deceptively simple tale of two girls, Satsuki and Mei, who move with their father to a new house in the countryside. They soon discover that the surrounding forests are home to a family of Totoros, gentle but powerful creatures who live in a huge and ancient camphor tree and are seen only by children. Based on Miyazaki’s own childhood imagination, Totoros look like oversize pandas with bunny ears. They take the girls on spinning-top rides through the treetops and introduce them to a furry, multi-pawed Catbus-a nod to Lewis Carroll’s Cheshire Cat.

Friday, August 15, 10 pm (Special screening in Japanese with English subtitles)
Saturday, August 16, 2 pm
DCP, Hayao Miyazaki, 2002, 125 minutes, English

Miyazaki’s Academy Award-winning masterpiece SPIRITED AWAY was the biggest box office hit of all time in Japan and a film that helped redefine the possibilities of animation for American audiences and a generation of new filmmakers.

Wandering through an abandoned carnival site, ten-year-old Chichiro is separated from her parents and stumbles into a dream-like spirit world where she is put to work in a bathhouse for the gods, a place where all kinds of nonhuman beings come to refresh, relax, and recharge. Here she encounters a vast menagerie of impossibly inventive characters-shape-shifting phantoms and spirits, some friendly, some less so-and must find the inner strength to outsmart her captors and return to her family. Combining Japanese mythology with Through the Looking Glass-type whimsy, SPIRITED AWAY cemented Miyazaki’s reputation as an icon of inspired animation and wondrous, lyrical storytelling.

Saturday, August 23, 2 pm
DCP, Hayao Miyazaki, 1997, 134 minutes, English
Dr. Marc Hairston will provide an introduction and lead a discussion after the screening.

Dr. Hairston is a scientist who researches space weather using the Coupled Ion Neutral Dynamic Investigation (CINDI), a satellite that studies how neutral gas motions and charge particle motions are related. Dr. Hairston is also interested in the scholarly study of anime and manga and is on the board of editors of Mechademia, the first English-language academic journal addressing these topics. Along with Dr. Pamela Gossin, Dr. Hairston teaches a lecture course at the University of Texas at Dallas titled “Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Anime Fantasy of Hayao Miyazaki.”

PRINCESS MONONOKE is a landmark of animation and a film of unsurpassed power and beauty. An epic story of conflict between humans, gods, and nature, the film has been universally acclaimed by critics and broke the box office record upon its original release in Japan.

While defending his village from a demonic boar-god, the young warrior Ashitaka becomes afflicted with a curse that grants him superhuman power in battle but will eventually take his life. Traveling west to find a cure or meet his destiny, he journeys deep into sacred depths of the Great Forest where he meets San (Princess Mononoke), a girl raised by wolf-gods who is waging battle against the human outpost of Iron Town, on the edge of the forest. The girl Mononoke is a force of nature-with blood-smeared lips, riding bareback on a great white wolf, and doing battle with both gods and humans, she is as iconic a figure as any from film, literature, or opera.

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