- Hayao Miyazaki, the celebrated co-founder of Japanese animation studio Studio Ghibli, turned 81 on Jan. 5.
- Fans of the animator/director/writer sent birthday wishes on social media, including Nickelodeon Animation, which paid tribute to his work through an original cartoon.
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.
Sending a special birthday wish to #HayaoMiyazaki ✨
Thank you for the incredible films and stories that continue to inspire us!
— Nickelodeon Animation (@NickAnimation) January 5, 2022
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.
— Liniers (@porliniers) January 5, 2022
“All my films are all my children.”
Happy 81st birthday to the legendary Hayao Miyazaki! Happy birthday Sensei! :heart::beers: pic.twitter.com/AGVtBCV69I
— Amirreza (@Amirreza_2345) January 5, 2022
Happy birthday, and thanks for all the years of inspiration, to the amazing Hayao Miyazaki! pic.twitter.com/Cz83080FJb
— CHRIS SAMNEE (@ChrisSamnee) January 5, 2022
Happy birthday Hayao Miyazaki, the greatest living storyteller. pic.twitter.com/bL7uS5lZUQ
— Michael Walsh (@Mister_Walsh) January 5, 2022
Others posted memes and memorable, often blunt quotes from the director, who one user wrote is the “only person keeping it real around here.”
— KINOSCOPE (@Kinoscope) January 6, 2022
— Lost In Film (@LostInFilm) January 5, 2022
Feature Image via GKIDS Films