Hayao Miyazaki’s 81st birthday celebrated by Nickelodeon with Nicktoons x Studio Ghibli mashup

Hayao Miyazaki’s 81st birthday celebrated by Nickelodeon with Nicktoons x Studio Ghibli mashup
Sarah Yukiko
January 7, 2022
Hayao Miyazaki, the internationally acclaimed animator-director behind Studio Ghibli, celebrated his 81st birthday on January 5 amidst tributes to his work on social media.
Tributes to the legendary director could be found on social media under the hashtag #HayaoMiyazaki. Nickelodeon Animation posted an “ode” in the form of a cartoon integrating Studio Ghibli’s signature style and references with some of Nickelodeon’s own characters. 
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Other artists and creators from around the world posted their own tributes as well with original artwork adapting Studio Ghibli’s iconic characters and style.  
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Others posted memes and memorable, often blunt quotes from the director, who one user wrote is the “only person keeping it real around here.”
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Miyazaki, who began his career in 1963 as an entry-level animator in Tokyo, has continually come out of retirement to direct additional films, including as recently as this year.
Feature Image via GKIDS Films
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