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The Boy and The Heron Victory in Animation

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Credit: imdb.com

An amazing monetization for animation happened this past month during the 2024 Golden Globes as “The Boy and The Heron” won the title for Best Animated Movie. Directed by the brilliant Hayao Miyazaki, known for his work with Studio Ghibli, this film not only stands out for its extraordinary storytelling but also for its achievement in cinematography. What sets this movie apart from the rest is it is the first hand-drawn film to reach #1 at the US box office since ‘Princess and The Frog’. 

‘The Boy and The Heron’ dives into the subject of life itself and how it is that you face obstacles life throws at you and you can move on from them. This message is highlighted in the alternate name of the film “How Do You Live?”. Hayao Miyazaki artfully uses symbolism to show the audience other works of his. These references represent the inspiration Miyazaki takes from other memorable Studio Ghibli films which show where Miyazaki gets his ideas and creativity from. This is a very moving movie that dives into the topic of depression and creation, mirroring the personal struggles of the director. Like the boy in the movie, Miyazaki has faced similar hardships and his way of overcoming them is making movies others can enjoy. Similarly, the protagonist in the film uses his imagination to prevail over distressing situations in his life. All in all, this movie shows the director’s message that often peaks out in most of his films, that creativity is unique to you and your experiences.  

This film marks Hayao Miazaki’s first Golden Globe triumph, which is also an achievement made more exciting because of the movie’s roots in Miyazaki’s own childhood. Beyond this, The Boy and The Heron came out at a really interesting point in animation history. Today, the animation is influenced by the combination of 3D and 2D animation techniques shown in movies like ‘Spider-Verse’ and ‘Super Mario’. Many new movies have been using these techniques to create more captivating films for the audience to enjoy. However, this movie’s victory sends a message to the animation community that you don’t necessarily need elaborate animation to create a captivating film. One of the main reasons why The Boy and The Heron won was because of its creative and engaging storytelling that people of all ages can relate to and love. 

 

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Lilianna Gomez
Lilianna Gomez, Lifestyle Reporter
In a world where people could only listen to @liliannanoel on Spotify. This is Lilianna (famous Christmas song) Gomez. She has lived in Arizona her whole life. Lilianna is currently a senior at Agua Fria and Captain of the Tennis team. She is the newest addition to the Lifestyle team in Journalism and is 18 years old. Lilianna spreads love and emits positivity to all of those around her. Part of the National Honors Society, Link Crew, Badminton, Tennis, Student Council, and the Senior-to-Senior program, Lilianna Gomez is very much involved in the Agua Fria community. In Student Council, Lilianna is a part of the advertising committee, being responsible for many of the posters we see posted around campus and at pep rallies. Lilianna is obsessed with all things music-related. Her favorite artists are constantly changing as she loves all music genres and is always finding new artists. Her family even named their dog after the famous Reggae artist Bob Marley! She joined Journalism in the hopes of improving her writing skills. As she progresses through her senior year, she plans on attending Arizona State University for a degree in Architectural Design. Her all-time favorite class that she has taken at Agua Fria is AP Psychology with Ms.Rams. She enjoyed learning about ways she could integrate psychological concepts and topics into her daily life. Also, Ms.Rams is her favorite teacher. She has had an immense impact on her life; she strives Lilianna to put her best foot forward and enjoy every moment. Also a part-time college student at Estrella Mountain Community College, Lilianna takes great pride in her educational journey. She hopes that these classes will shape her into a more intellectual student and citizen of this world. Her favorite recreational activity is playing tennis at Friendship Park with her father. Additionally, she enjoys going out for Yogurtini after every match with her friends. She loves shopping with her mother; they are always out together on the weekends enjoying one another’s company. But, one cannot come to understand Lilianna if they are unaware of her love for thrifting. Lilianna loves going on thrifting trips with her mother - to Tempe, Scottsdale, Phoenix, and many more places. Lilianna finds great pleasure in repurposing other’s clothing to add to her closet. She has adored her four years at this school. She hopes that she can continue to spread kindness and information through her articles through Journalism.

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