The Environmentalism of Princess Mononoke

Continuing our series on the wonderful world of Studio Ghibli, we talk about the environmental themes in some of our favorite films from the studio. Environmentalism is a theme too rarely present in popular art, especially in genres traditionally marketed towards children. These films take a “show don’t tell” approach to teaching adults and children alike about the perils of capitalism, overconsumption, and overextraction. If you are interested in learning more about how art can be used as a tool for teaching or learning about the planet, take a listen. You may even hear us sing about Ponyo- that magic little fish.

3:44 – My Neighbour Totoro

11:46 – Pom Poko

24:08 РNausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

35:14 – Princess Mononoke

42:37 – Only Yesterday

47:01 – Kiki’s Delivery Service

58:12- Ponyo

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