While preparing a lecture on HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE I have come across many aspects of Miyazaki's earlier films some of which I would like to further explore on this blog. And since my preoccupation with color analysis is the one thing that sets colorful animation expressions apart from other animation blogs, I will soon launch a loose series of posts about complimentary colors - in particular red vs. green and magenta vs. green.
Aware that most people in the USA have yet to discover Takahata's 1974 TV adaptation of Heidi I nevertheless come back to it once more. There is quite a difference in how it is presented to Japanese and European kids in terms of voices and music.
|Comparison of German DVD and Japanese Bluray.|
Studio Ghibli Colors
Color designer Michiyo YASUDA is one of those great unsung Studio Ghibli employees whose work is admired across the world but who is hardly known to Western fans. From Nausicaä (1984) to Ponyo (2008) her extraordinary flair for color compositions has been on display in many a Ghibli feature including Grave of the Fireflies (1988) where she was responsible for character colors. There is a Japanese book dedicated to her work (unfortunately the text is in Japanese only so far) but not much information available in English.
|Candy colors for pirates in Laputa.|
|In-your-face complementary colors in flashy Metoroporisu...|
|...and Michiyo Yasuda's more subtle use in Kiki's Delivery Service.|
Red and green are the colors most often found in American Christmas illustrations. So December seems to be a good month to start a loose series of posts about this ubiquitous pair of complimentary colors that was especially en vogue in early Technicolor films.
|Norman Rockwell's typical use of red and green for Christmas illustrations.|
|Gene Tierney with red lips against an emerald backdrop in Leave Her To Heaven (1945)|
|Giulietta Masina in her husband's first color film Giulietta Degli Spiriti (1965)|