I mentioned drawing a fair bit of inspiration for The Cartographer from the various Studio Ghibli films. While the ideas are distinct, the notion of how naturally they portray an alternate world which we accept so gleefully is one I am keen to emulate. The films also merge together hidden complexity, endearing characters and stunning visuals to great effect - really want all of the above. Miyazaki is also a master of weaving the little moments together with the grand sweeping context - beautiful storytelling.
Over the weekend I re-watched a few, Ponyo, Spirited Away and Nausicaa Valley of the Wind. I am keen to flesh out the collection as well now, with only Howls Moving Castle in the stable.