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Camelback Cinema | Hayao Miyazaki!

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Hidden : 7/2/2008
In Wisconsin, United States
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3 out of 5

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As parents in today's world of constant media saturation and the availability of cartoons on cable, 24/7, we get our fair share of second-hand cartoons exposure. Most of it I could do fine without, except for the few that have some educational purpose like BBC favorites Charlie and Lola, Kipper, Peep and their like. Oh sure, with the introduction in recent years of adult oriented serial cartoons like Family Guy, Futurama, Drawn Together and the far out stuff on Adult Swim - all stemming from the pioneering Simpson's of course - there's plenty of adult themed cartoons to be had.

I think the same holds true for film. There are plenty of animated movies which adults can enjoy while watching with the kids, like most of the Disney/Pixar stuff, but there are also just as many copycats that are insipid and inane and very tough to sit through.

For me, there is ONE major exception to the Hollywood formula for animated feature films and that is anything that comes out of Studio Ghibli and it's primary director, Hayao Miyazaki. If you haven't seen any Miyazaki films, this is your excuse to do so. While you might think them odd, quirky and sometimes difficult to follow, you will find them simply fascinating, memorable and wholly enjoyable.

In fact, the most moving film I have ever seen, and one that still gets me choked up when I think about it, is the first film from Ghibli called "Grave of the Fireflies". It's a story about a brother and sister orphaned after the fire-bombing of Tokyo in WWII and their efforts to survive in the aftermath. For anyone who thinks that an animated film cannot carry a powerful and poignant look into our past, I dare you to watch this film and not come away crying. Roger Ebert considers it to be one of the most powerful anti-war movies ever made and animation historian Ernest Rister compares the film to Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List saying, "it is the most profoundly human animated film I've ever seen." Even if you don't see any of these Miyazaki films, try to rent that one, get it from the library or borrow it from this cache.

Here is a list of the films represented in the gels above. You'll need to match the gel to the film to get all but 2 numbers:
1 My Neighbor Totoro
2 Laputa: Castle in the Sky
3 Howl's Moving Castle
4 Kiki's Delivery Service
5 Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
6 Princess Mononoke
7 Spirited Away
8 Porco Rosso

You should be able to solve this without renting a movie, but my hope is that you will be inclined to do so after you've done this puzzle. Below are 10 multiple choice questions, 2 for each of the listed movies. Answer questions to any 2 of these to get the solve.

My Neighbor Totoro
I: When the family first moved in they encountered some unwanted guests which looked like:
1. Slugs
2. Mice
3. Spiders
4. Dust Bunnies

J: (-1) When Totoro wants to get airborne, he
1. Jumps on a spinning top
2. Spreads his wings
3. Gets hoisted by thousands of wood sprits
4. Takes a big breathe and holds it

Howl's Moving Castle
I: Howl first disguises himself as what to avoid detection by Madam Sullivan:
1. Dog
2. Crow
3. Pigeon
4. Emperor

J: (-1) Howl's Heart is disguised as
1. Calcifer, the Talking Fire
2. The Castle
3. Peeping Bug
4. Turnip, the Scarecrow

Princess Mononoke
I: Kia gives her brother this to remember her by:
1. Stone Amulet
2. Ivory Comb
3. Lock of her hair
4. Crystal Dagger

J: (-1) The Wood Spirits appear to Ashitaka as:
1. Bobble-Heads
2. Butterflies
3. Apes
4. Small Deer

Porco Rosso
I: At the start of the film, Poroco rescues:
1. A band of Lepers
2. Prisoners of the pirates
3. Female relatives
4. A large group of school girls

J: (-1) Porco's real name is
1. Marco
2. Augustus
3. Thomas
4. Dave

Studio Ghibli

UPDATE: 11.13.08 Changed to a multi for a number of reasons. There is now a nano at the solve with coordinates to the final. I've been wanting to place an ammo can as a repository of movies related to Camelback Cinema series caches, and this is it.

UPDATE: 4.26.10 Changed back to a single stage. There is still a nano at the solve. For those interested, the ammo can will remain as a non-geocaching bonus the coordinates of which are in the nano, which doesn't need to be found to claim the find, nor can you claim an extra bonus find for it. Anyone who does attempt the non-official bonus is welcome to trade up or even with it's contents. I'm leaving it there for those committed to the spirit of this cache.

UPDATE: 7.31.11 Final location has changed slightly due to the removal of it's hiding place. Solve remains the same and final nano, replaced today, can be found within 15' of the solve. The missing structure may return, so I'm leaving the solve alone for now.

UPDATE: 6.19.13 After a number of years unfound, I have elected to pull the bonus portion of this cache. For those who went the distance and experienced this cache in its entirety (you know who you are) I thank you!

UPDATE: 11.10.16 Final location is within 100' of the solve on an obvious beacon.

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