His 2015 film The Little Prince was strongly influenced by Miyazaki’s work
Acclaimed anime film director Hayao Miyazaki has had a strong influence on Kung Fu Panda director Mark Osborne’s work. At a masterclass at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa last Tuesday, he remarked that My Neighbor Totoro was an inspiration for his 2015 film The Little Prince, an adaptation of Antoine De Saint-Exupéry‘s classic children’s book by the same name.
“I love Miyazaki films because he’s always using female characters and this was very inspiring,” he said. “But I was also thinking about him because I knew he loves this book, and if I made a bad movie it would be terrible to make him angry at me. So I was always thinking about making something he would appreciate.”
As far as Osborne is aware, however, Miyazaki has not seen his film. Osborne said that he tried to…