The new cartoon of the great Hayao Miyazaki —Ponyo on the Cliff— is out today in France. Anyone familiar with the work produced by Ghibli studio will be happy to find a new sort of narrative, and design. Like Miyazaki says in an interview for Le Monde, after forty years working with computers he was seeking for more freedom and more flexibility. The result is that all drawings in Ponyo are made by hand, and there is less work spent on details and shadows. This approach is reflecting the origin of animated cartoons back in the 1930s. –dp

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