DesignTaxi spotted this tribute to Hayao Miyazaki by Pablo Fernandez Eyre. It renders the master’s characters, like Princess Mononoke, Kiki, and Ashitako, and Miyazaki himself as 8-bit characters as the race to visit him:
Short, but quite charming. Porco Rosso is still my personal favorite — probably because it was the Miyazaki film I saw — but Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind may still be his best. Not that his other films slouch, mind. These just happen to be the two that speak the most too me.
The director announced his retirement 2013, but Miyazaki contemplated retirement after each of his last several films. At 73, he may actually be serious this time as his Studio Ghibli is contemplating folding because their other efforts simply do not make as much money if he’s not the director.
Which would be a shame. As Eyre’s 8-Bit Tribute shows, there’s a lot of magic in that work. Even if Miyazaki is truly retired, his collaborators deserve to continue.