Animated Classics: Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke is a film that was released in 1997 and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The film is about a young prince who has to battle against the forces of nature and his own father in order to protect his people from the destruction of their forest.

Princess Mononoke is one of Miyazaki's most famous films and it was ranked as the number one animated film on IMDb in 2007. The film has also been included on Roger Ebert's list of the greatest animated films ever made.


Introduction to the Film


The film is set in the late Muromachi period of Japan, with a fantasy setting loosely based on ancient Japanese beliefs and legends. The story follows Ashitaka, a prince of the Emishi people, who becomes infected with a deadly curse while defending his village from a demon god or "oni". Transformed into a half-demon, he must journey to find a cure; meanwhile, Nago (a female wolf god) wants to kill him. He meets various other creatures that live in Mononoke Hime's vast forests and swamps as he tries to find his way back home.


Themes and Symbolism


Themes: The themes of Princess Mononoke are very strong, with many moral lessons to be learned. One of the main themes is that humans have an obligation to protect nature and that it is our duty to do so. Miyazaki also explores ideas on how technology has shaped our world and what we do with it, as well as how we relate to other people in society.


The Art of Princess Mononoke & animation


The art direction in Mononoke is very detailed and has been praised by many critics. It has a distinctive style that can be seen in other works by Hayao Miyazaki.

In Princess Mononoke, there are two types of animation styles used: traditional 2D animation and 3D CGI animation. Traditional 2D animation was used for scenes with characters while 3D CGI animation was used for other scenes such as scenery.

I think that it is important to note that Princess Mononoke was not only Miyazaki's first foray into computer-generated imagery (CGI) filmmaking but also the first Japanese animated feature film to use this technique extensively.



The art direction in Mononoke is very detailed and has been praised by many critics. It has a distinctive style that can be seen in other works by Hayao Miyazaki.

In Princess Mononoke, there are two types of animation styles used: traditional 2D animation and 3D CGI animation. Traditional 2D animation was used for scenes with characters while 3D CGI animation was used for other scenes such as scenery.

I think that it is important to note that Princess Mononoke was not only Miyazaki's first foray into computer-generated imagery (CGI) filmmaking but also the first Japanese animated feature film to use this technique extensively.