Official Site: The Cinema Behind Star Wars: How Princess Mononoke Inspired Ahsoka

Over at the official site, Bryan Young’s latest entry in the long running Cinema Behind Star Wars series takes a look at the 1987 classic Princess Mononoke and how it could have inspired Ahsoka Tano.

Though it was the highest grossing film in Japan in 1997, it would take two years for Princess Mononoke to make its way to America. Written and directed by legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki, it might be one of the best Japanese animated films ever made. The English language version that was released in the United States in 1999 featured a story adaptation by Neil Gaiman and the voice talents of Claire Danes, Billy Crudup, Billy Bob Thornton, and Gillian Anderson.

It tells the tale of a young man named Ashitaka who is stricken by a deadly curse while saving his village from a vengeful demon. To save himself, he is forced into exile and finds himself embroiled in a battle between the humans of Iron Town, the great forest spirit, a trio of wolves, and San, a young girl raised by those wolves.