Hayao Miyazaki (January 5, 1941). Japanese film director, animator, manga artist, illustrator, producer, and screenwriter. He has attained international acclaim as a maker of anime feature films and, along with Isao Takahata, co-founded Studio Ghibli, a film and animation studio. His works are characterized by the recurrence of progressive themes, such as environmentalism, pacifism, feminism, and the absence of villains. His films are also frequently concerned with childhood transition.