Hayao Miyazaki's Story Themes: How man and nature interact
In September, I visited the Ghibli Museum. Set in a heavily wooded park in Mikata, Japan, simply walking to the Ghibli Museum from the train station was an experience. The tree lined avenue was lined with beautifully carved poles, indicating the route to the Ghibli Museum. At the end of the avenue was a wooded park where school kids in perfect lines of twos, walked briskly through with their teachers. The museum crept up on me slowly, almost growing out of the forest like a hobbit house. It really got me in the mood for wonder.
Miyazaki's films really impressed in me that knowledge that an author either knowingly or unknowing discusses the themes important to his heart in many different forms, even though the shell of the plot appears different. Give many authors the same plot of a story, say write it and every author will edit the plot to explore an aspect of the story that speaks to their hearts.
I’ve picked three stories of Miyazaki that he both wrote and directed. My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away all share the same overall theme. click for full article.