'The Simpsons' bid farewell to Miyazaki with tribute


Posted at Jan 14 2014 11:44 PM | Updated as of Jan 15 2014 07:44 AM

MANILA - The latest episode of the US animated series "The Simpsons" might provide some much needed respite for fans of Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki still reeling from the news of his retirement.

In a sequence on Sunday's episode, entitled "Married to the Blob," the show paid tribute to some of Miyazaki's most-loved and well-known films including "Spirited Away," "My Neighbor Totoro," "Princess Mononoke," "Kiki's Delivery Service," and "Howl's Moving Castle."

The scene was even accompanied by a musical score similar to the compositions of Joe Hisaishi, which graced most of Miyazaki's films.

The Oscar-award winning director founded Studio Ghibli, a Japanese animation studio, along with Isao Takahata.

Last year, the 72-year-old announced his retirement after the release of his film "The Wind Rises."