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All the movies I know so far from Miyazaki all have interaction between people and the natural environment as one of their themes. Did he make any movies without this subject?

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I don't recall Kiki's Delivery Service having much of an environmental theme.

From Wikipedia:

According to Miyazaki the movie touches on the gulf that exists between independence and reliance in Japanese teenage girls. Going far beyond coming of age themes, the work deals with the nature of creativity and talent, and the central difficulty every person faces in becoming themselves, whether through luck, hard work or confidence: the inner film explores the same questions as the later Whisper of the Heart.

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Thanks. I saw Kiki, but didn't remember in the process of thinking, that Miyazaki-movies all the time has environmental themes. Thanks for pointing that out. Another point, the cited part from Wikipedia does refer to Whisper of the Heart. Great movie, I think I should view it again. :-) – Mnementh Dec 1 '11 at 20:20
@Mnementh As great as Whisper of the Heart was, remember its was only written by Miyazaki, the director is Yoshifumi Kondo. – System Down Dec 7 '11 at 20:03
Yeah I know, one of the few well-known Ghibli-movies not from Miyazaki. That I should view this movie again was not connected to my question. :-) – Mnementh Dec 8 '11 at 10:58

I believe Porco Rosso had no environmental agenda, although, how he paints the Mediterranean makes me want to go back there.

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I think I never saw Porco Rosso. Maybe I should fill this hole. – Mnementh Dec 8 '11 at 11:00
@Mnementh Absolutely. In my opinion, one of his best. A beautiful mix of serious and comedic. – Beska Dec 9 '11 at 20:27

Other movies that I would argue do not have an environmental theme as the main subject:

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Personally, all of the above are top quality, except The Cat Returns. The animation isn't the same quality as the first movie and the story seems rushed and cramped. The ending is just blah. – xiaohouzi79 Dec 9 '11 at 1:48
May be Howl's Moving Castle, But other two movies have indirectly related to environmental themes like staying village side et – pramodc84 Dec 9 '11 at 5:48
@pramodc84 - Staying village side? Not sure that counts as having the environment as the main theme? Even Kiki was set in a nice seaside village. – xiaohouzi79 Dec 9 '11 at 10:32
Spirited Away has an environmental theme (although not that much in the foreground). Haku is a river-god. The greatest strength developing the characters, if they work together, Haku representing nature and Sen representing the Humans. Also I seem to remember, that the inhabitants of the magical world talk bad about the humans, because they don't respect nature. Totoro shows humans and nature living in harmony. Howl's Moving Castle is harder. I personally see there an environmental theme, as the other world destroyed by war is similar to the destroyed world in Nausicaä. But that's debatable. – Mnementh Dec 9 '11 at 10:52
@Mnementh - Then your question is written incorrectly. The environment is not the "theme" of those movies, neither is it the "main subject". Totoro shows people on a nice looking farm outside of the city. Howl's moving castle clambers through the countryside and spirited away has one reference to Haku's river but it's more subtle than being one of the main themes. – xiaohouzi79 Dec 9 '11 at 11:21

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