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The rest of that list covers the esentials imo, the rest are good but those are definite standouts.
Also check Castle in the Sky, Gr-ave of the Fireflies (Ghibli, but not Miyazaki), My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service and Porco Rosso.
When I have kids they will be raised on an exclusive diet of Gaiman and Miyazaki, no modern Disney crap.
All the best kid's stories have a dark side. Simple truth.
I've been tracking this for ages, looks sweet.
princess mononoke  - great movie, very original.
spirited away  - probably my favourite of the lot due to the sheer creativity - so refreshing and original and well animated.
howls moving castle  - Wasnt bad but found it a bit kiddy for my liking. Yeah they are all kiddie in a way - hell they're cartoons, and while this did have some darker elements, it didnt really float my boat.
Gr-ave of the Fireflies (Ghibli, but not Miyazaki), - Amazing movie and highly depressing/moving
My Neighbor Totoro - awesome little movie, scores big on the originality stakes yet again, superb animation as usual.
lupin III - the castle of cagliostro 
nausicaa of the valley of the winds 
ponyo on the cliff  - when it becomes available
Castle in the Sky,
Kiki's Delivery Service
Of those i havent seen, sort of didnt bother as im not a fan of dated animation to which these sort of looked a bit oldschool for my personal tastes. Reckon they're wortth checking? If so, why? (kind of know why aka the ones i have seen, but keen to hear regardless)
Btw anyone seen earthsea by his son (i believe)?
I think it's called Tales from Earthsea or something.. it's miyazaki's son, and it's pretty good, and close enough to the storyline for a single feature film for my liking.
And yea... ++ to this thread, great movies. I havent enjoyed ponyo as much as the rest btu still pretty good
I really really liked Ponyo. It was totally kiddy, but i think just the quality of the hand-drawn animation in regards to water was just fucking amazing.
i have to admit too, that ive seen some of the inspirations for his characters in japan. there was this one old homeless dude in fukuoka who could have been a carbon copy for the old craggy faced characters, including warts and flowers in the hat. only wish i had time to get a pic to prove ...
ps the picture is still clear in my mind if that helps any
I think the consensus is
admittedly I saw Spirited Away first and Mononoke only recently but they were brilliant.
Very looking forward to seeing "Where the Wild things Are"