Hayo Miyazaki Flying Sequence Analysis

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Exploring the Function of Music in Flying Sequences on
Hayao Miyazaki’s Animation Film

Hayao Miyazaki is a 73 year-old animation film director from Japan, who has directed 11 animation films and won lots of international awards. He deeply loves flying from his early age, so the flying sequences are quite common in his films. ("Hayao Miyazaki," 2004) There are 8 films containing “flying” in his total 11 films. These plots always come with background music, and these music becomes widespread. This essay is mainly focused on the music on these plots, explores the function of music and makes a conclusion. The Particularity of Flying Sequences
Flying plots in these 8 films could be divided into two types according to the contents. The one is documentary, another one is non-documentary. Documentary plots exist in the Wind Rises and Porco Rosso. The leading role of the Wind Rises is a boy who is crazy about flying and wants to become an aircraft constructor, while the main character of Porco Rosso is Porco, a professional pilot. In non-
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The setting of the story for Castle in the Sky and Spirited Away is the fictional world, while Totoro is based on the real world. Audience might be familiar with the flowing river and the village with forest, and the little sisters, Satsuki and Mei. As a result, the flying scene occurs in such a movie with real background is more unbelievable than that in the fictional world. When the two little girls fly with Totoro, the music rises undoubtedly. The exciting music is actually the empathy to the audience psychology. Thus, music is like the binding agent to connect the audience psychology and the fictional story, and integrates them tightly to make the audience accept the setting unconsciously by removing their strong first impression and unfamiliarity. As a result, the emergence of non-documentary flying plots is made reasonable and

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