Like many folks, I love Miyazaki's films, as well as all the films of Studio Ghibli. I think they are the premier animation studio in the world, even ahead of Pixar and Disney. If someone has never seen 'My Neighbour Totoro', I make them watch it or at least tell them they should. If they like that (which they will/do) I offer them suggestions of what to watch next. 'Spirited Away' is a high-water for film making in my opinion and my personal favourite. It's not the Citizen Kane of animation, it's better than that film. It's the type of film children should be watching, it doesn't explain everything and it doesn't insult your intelligence. It isn't heavy-handed with morality and there isn't a clear line between good and bad. Plus it has some of the best imagery on display and shows what the joys of having an imagination is. It seems in adulthood, having an imagination is frowned upon, maybe it's just me.
Miyazaki has been huge influence on me, not in the way he depicts and presents his stories. More so, in the emotional response I feel when watching his work/art/films. Words cannot express what that is, I'm sorry. Though I always try and capture that in my scribbles and doodles. So far and probably always, in eludes me.
Here is a music video form 1995 for Chage and Aska, for the song 'On Your Mark & Castles In The Air' directing by Miyazaki and it's one of the finest things I've ever seen. vimeo.com/48043470