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Miyazaki's pre-Ghibli masterpiece still has a lot to teach us.

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Studio Ghibli has a deep library of classic anime films, but there’s an environmental message uniting much of the work of its co-founder Hayao Miyazaki.

From Spirited Away to Totoro, Miyazaki’s films use the concept of ancient spirits to make one idea crystal clear: "The Earth doesn't belong to you."