Hayao Miyazaki’s “The Boy and the Heron” Triumphs at the Oscars.

Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘The Boy and the Heron’, a Studio Ghibli production, takes home the Best Animated Feature Oscar in 2024.

News Anchor: Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. In a groundbreaking moment at this year’s Oscars, the legendary Hayao Miyazaki has once again left an indelible mark on the world of animation. His last animated feature, “The Boy and the Heron,” took home the coveted Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Let’s delve into this cinematic triumph and find out where you can catch Miyazaki’s final masterpiece.

News Anchor: Breaking news from the Oscars stage! “The Boy and the Heron,” directed by the visionary Hayao Miyazaki, has clinched the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. This poignant and visually stunning film marks Hayao Miyazaki’s farewell to the world of animation, leaving a lasting legacy in its wake.

Now joining us in the studio are two friends who are avid fans of Hayao Miyazaki’s work. Welcome, Sejal and Geet.

News Anchor: So, Sejal, Geet, and “The Boy and the Heron” winning the Oscar is undoubtedly a significant moment. What are your initial reactions?

Sejal: Oh, absolutely ecstatic! Hayao Miyazaki’s storytelling and animation have always been top-notch, and it’s heartening to see his final creation being recognized on such a grand stage.

News Anchor: Indeed, Hayao Miyazaki’s films have a unique charm that resonates with audiences worldwide. Now, for those who might have missed the Oscar ceremony, we are for rescue.

Sejal: Well, for starters, major streaming platforms will likely pick it up soon. I’m keeping my eyes peeled on my favourite streaming services. The Best Animated Feature honor went to the well-known Japanese director. It was for The Boy and the Heron, his critically acclaimed film.

Films like Elemental, Robot Dreams, Nimona, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, and Nimona were among the other contenders for this prize. This is more than a victory. Miyazaki solidifies his status as a leading figure in Japanese film with this triumph. It also attests to his influence in the field of animation.

Geet: Same here. Miyazaki’s films usually find their way to various platforms, making them accessible to a broader audience. The Boy and the Heron is a Japanese animation from Studio Ghibli that will be released in 2023. Hepburn also went by this simple name, Kimitachi wa Dō Ikiru ka. The Japanese fantasy film, which won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature in 2024, was written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

The storyline? Mahito Maki is the boy in question. The Pacific War is when it takes place. Alas, Mahito’s mother passes away. He relocates to a rural area. There, near his new home, he discovers an abandoned tower. The he­ron? It is gloomy. It has a voice! His journey? That is the main thing.

News Anchor: That’s great to hear. Do you have any recommendations for fans who want to immerse themselves in Miyazaki’s earlier works while waiting for “The Boy and the Heron” to become available for streaming? Where can they watch “The Boy and the Heron” to experience Miyazaki’s farewell?

Sejal: Oh! Classics like “Spirited Away” and “My Neighbor Totoro” are timeless. They capture Miyazaki’s storytelling brilliance and showcase his unique approach to animation. In June 2024, The Boy and the Heron will be available for streaming on Disney Plus’s Hotstar platform. However, the creators have not yet released an official date.

The movie is still showing in cinemas in the United States and the United Kingdom after making its theatrical debut in Japan in 2023. With Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli’s stringent rules on what may be seen online, Max’s acquisition of the rights is a big step that suggests the movie will be available on OTT platforms before anyone believes it.

Geet: And let’s not forget “Howl’s Moving Castle” and “Princess Mononoke.” Each film is a masterpiece in its own right, filled with captivating characters and breathtaking visuals.

News Anchor: What’s the cast and crew, as well as the budget, of The Boy and the Heron? Those are fantastic suggestions for a Miyazaki movie marathon. Now, as we eagerly await the release of “The Boy and the Heron” on streaming platforms, what are your expectations for this final animated feature from the maestro?

Sejal: Soma Santoki, Masaki Suda, Ko Shibasaki, Aimyon, Takuya Kimura, Yoshino Kimura, Kaoru Kobayashi, and Shinobu Otake are among the original Japanese voice cast members.

The Boy and the Heron is the most expensive movie ever made in Japan, according to Studio Ghibli. The screenplay tackles issues of growing up and surviving in a world full of grief and conflict, primarily drawing from Miyazaki’s early years. The movie received positive reviews from critics and brought around US$167 million in revenue globally.

Knowing Miyazaki, I’m expecting a captivating narrative, stunning visuals, and a touch of that magic that makes his films unforgettable. It’s bittersweet, considering this is his farewell, but I have no doubt it will be a cinematic masterpiece.

Geet: Absolutely. Miyazaki has a way of tugging at your heartstrings while taking you on an extraordinary journey. I’m expecting “The Boy and the Heron” to be a fitting swan song for his illustrious career.

News Anchor: Well said, Sejal and Geet. The anticipation for “The Boy and the Heron” is undoubtedly high, and we’ll be keeping a close eye on its release on streaming platforms. As we celebrate Hayao Miyazaki’s remarkable career and his latest triumph at the Oscars, we look forward to the enchantment and magic that “The Boy and the Heron” is sure to bring.

Thank you both for joining us today. And to our viewers, stay tuned for updates on where you can catch Hayao Miyazaki’s final animated masterpiece.

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FAQ

1. Has Hayao Miyazaki’s movie won the Oscars?

Hayao Miyazaki’s The Boy and the Heron won the Oscars.

2. Where can we watch Hayao Miyazaki’s “The Boy and the Heron”?

In June 2024, The Boy and the Heron will be available for streaming on Disney Plus’s and Max’s platforms. However, the creators have not yet released an official date.

3. What’s the cast and crew of The Boy and the Heron?

Soma Santoki, Masaki Suda, Ko Shibasaki, Aimyon, Takuya Kimura, Yoshino Kimura, Kaoru Kobayashi, and Shinobu Otake are among the original Japanese voice cast members.

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