Reviews of “Proposal for an Original Animated Short Titled ‘Mon Mon the Water Spider,’ for the Saturn Theater in the Ghibli Museum, Mitaka” (2004) and related work

“Proposal for an Original Animated Short Titled ‘Mon Mon the Water Spider,’ for the Saturn Theater in the Ghibli Museum, Mitaka” (2004Text)

Miyazaki Hayao (writer).

Read in 2021.

Read in Turning Point.

It’s surprisingly far removed from “The Type of Film I’d Like to Create” (1992). Miyazaki also claims his ambition isn’t “stridently” conservationist, but that “children who come to see the film will leave with no hatred of insects or arachnids”.

References here: Turning Point: 1997–2008 (2008/2014).

Japanese production non-fiction text

“Welcome to the Ghibli Forest Short Film ‘Mon Mon the Water Spider’” (2006Text)

Miyazaki Hayao (writer).

Read in 2021.

Read in Turning Point.

Both the old microcosmic worldview-and-physics angle and the pedagogical biophilic/anti-entomophobic angle are more clear than in the original proposal.

References here: Ponyo (2008), Turning Point: 1997–2008 (2008/2014).

Japanese production non-fiction spin-off text