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A Mighty Girl Top Pick: The Movies of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli

Since founding Studio Ghibli in 1985, film director Hayao Miyazaki has produced a series of highly acclaimed animated movies that have earned him the moniker 'The Walt Disney of Japan.' And, unlike most Japanese magna-style films, the protagonists of most Miyazaki's films are strong and independent girls or young women who use their wits and courage to save the day.

Miyazaki's films range from very fanciful ones such as Kiki's Delivery Service and Ponyo appropriate for very young children to ones like Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind address darker themes such as war and environmental degradation and, as such, are more appropriate for older children and teens. In general, Miyazaki has stated that he rejects simplistic stereotypes of good and evil and prefers to show children a positive world view.

If you're looking for thought-provoking movies to inspire and amaze the children in your life - that also feature many of the best heroines ever seen in animated film - A Mighty Girl highly recommends Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli collection.

To find a complete list of our Studio Ghibli films, visit our Hayao Miyazaki section.

As on all A Mighty Girl product pages, you can find specific age recommendations listed with product "details" (located under the product description) or you can filter products by age using the left menu bar.

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