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Animation Artefact 1 – The Lassetter-Miyazaki-Video Letter (2002)

January 5, 2009

Long live Toshio Suzuki!!!

Who is Toshio Suzuki? That he is the producer behind Studio Ghibli-classics like PRINCESS MONONOKE, SPIRITED AWAY and HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE is a  fact commonly known to animation fans. Less known is the mysterious video letter titled “Thank You, Lassetter-san!!”, released in – I believe – Japan only, which is credited to him as well.

This video letter captures the visit of Hiyao Miyazaki and team to North America attending the premiere of SPIRITED AWAY in several cities in US and Canada in September 2002. While the guests from Japan visit the Disney and Pixar Studios as well as Lassetter’s home and other locations, we become witness to the unique friendship between John Lassetter and Hiyao Miyazaki which seems to have had a very significant role for both Disney/Pixar as well as Studio Ghibli.

To read the full article on the unique 20+ years-friendship of Lassetter-san and Mr. Miyazaki, click here.

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