The Boy And The Heron Becomes First Anime Film To Win BAFTA Awards

In an exciting news, it has been announced on Feb 18, 2024, that Hayao Miyazaki’s The Boy And The Heron won the BAFTA Awards for Best Animated film. It became the first anime film to win, as well as get nominated, for BAFTA.

The Boy and the Heron BAFTA Award

The Boy And The Heron was competing against Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget, Elemental, and Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse for Best Animated Film.

 The Boy And The Heron has been nominated under Best Animated Feature Film category for Oscars 2024.

The film also bagged the award for the Best Motion Picture – Animated at Golden Globes 2024.

The Boy And The Heron (called How Do You Live), released in Japan on July 14, 2023. It became the first ever Studio Ghibli film to get simultaneous IMAX release. It also became the first-ever animated film as well as Japanese film to open the 48th Toronto International Film Festival.

Joe Hisashi composed music for the anime film. The film features 37 soundtracks including the theme song. Kenshi Yonezu performed the film’s theme song, “Chikyuugi”.

The plot of the film is described as:

The plot of the film is set during World War II. Mahito Maki, the protagonist, is a young boy who tragically lost his mother in a hospital fire. When his father remarries, they move from Tokyo to a countryside mansion. This mansion happens to be his mother’s ancestral home, and his father’s new wife is his mother’s sister. With complex emotions, Masato is guided by a mysterious gray heron and finds himself stepping into a different world.

How Do You Live? is inspired by the 1937 novel of the same name by Yoshino Genzaburo. He added that this book is a story that has great meaning to the protagonist of his film.

Source: Twitter