Now, I’m a huge fan of Hayao Miyazaki, as longtime readers of this here site will no doubt be aware, and I think all of his movies are masterpieces (yes, even Ponyo, I guess), but the one that might be his crowning achievement, 2001’s Spirited Away, is also the one that creeps me out the most. It’s got some of the director’s weirdest-looking creatures, not least of which is the ghostly No-Face who has a mouth underneath the mask he wears, not to mention a giant, terrifying baby, three heads that jump around independently of anything, a guy with spider appendages, and a massive-headed witch that can turn into a crow. Oh, and parents who turn into pigs. I mean, you guys, I love it, but it’s nut bars.
Cinefix’s 8-Bit Cinema turned this anime Alice in Wonderland (which is what I think it’s very like) into one of their patented video game-inspired shorts. And you know what? It’s still grotty and weird in the best way possible. Using both 8 and 16 bits, scenes involving the giant glob guy in the bathhouse and Haku’s transformation to and from a dragon are rendered simply but still quite beautifully. And if you’re curious, Yubaba’s giant baby son is still probably one of the top 5 most disturbing things I’ve ever seen, and I’ve watched Society.
Which films do you think would make good 8-Bit Cinema? Can a Miyazaki movie ever NOT be beautiful, no matter the format? Let us know below!
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