I’m kind of insulted that Yahoo! implies that Miyazaki’s fame will be reliant on the kid siblings of Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers. I don’t think a more star-studded than usual cast (Tina Fey, Liam Neeson) will make him a “household” name, and I’d be pretty disappointed if English viewers need high profile voice actors to be swayed toward his marvelous movies. More people are probably familiar with his animation company, Studio Ghibli. After all, thousands of families own Pixar movies and I can guarentee that 90% won’t be able to name the actual directors. While Miyazaki’s name might not be easily recognized, his movies certainly are. Many people know of Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature. Those movies would probably be a little much for little kids to handle, but Ponyo might just end up being the “My Neighbor Totoro” of this generation. I feel like the U.S. media gushes with admiration whenever one of his films comes out, but puts him on the back burner in between them.
Yahoo Movie Blog article via: http://movies.yahoo.com/feature/movie-talk-miyazaki.html