Watch Hayao Miyazaki's 1985 Speech to Studio Ghibli Employees
Hayao Miyazaki is a master animator who has given the world some timeless classic films through his Studio Ghibli production company. The company was the brain child of Miyazaki, and in the documentary The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, a younger Miyazaki gives a “love it or leave it” speech to his the employees of his newly formed studio.
“Basically, our foremost objective here is making good films. No guarantees of lifetime employment here. But companies are just a conduit for money. Success isn’t our priority. What’s important is that you’re doing what you want, and that you’re gaining skills. If Ghibli ceases to appeal to you, then just quit. Because I’ll do the same.”
I love Miyazaki’s vision for his company. The second part of of the clip you’ll see is a some kind of wild party, and Miyazaki is singing about a guy who apparently makes awful, predictable anime. He insults the guy pretty good.
The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness is currently available on VOD if you want to watch it. Thanks to io9.