Watch a magical 3D tribute to Hayao Miyazaki's universe

Before the the first image even materializes on screen, hauntingly familiar piano notes put you in the perfect frame of mind for this stunning tribute to the films of animation legend Hayao Miyazaki.

This is no mere compilation of clips, however. Up-and-coming animator "Dono," whose work has drawn the attention of Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich, recreated settings from Miyazaki's films using the 3D-animation software Blender, and then incorporated key scenes into those CG environments using Gimp, Octane and Natron.

Set to the musical score from Spirited Away, the result -- as you can see below -- is simply beautiful, and sure to elicit a tear or two from Miyazaki devotees.

(via The Creators Project)

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