Writer and Director Hayao Miyazaki was still so upset by the truncated "Warriors of the Wind" version of Nausicaä, that when Harvey Weinstein approached him to discuss the distribution to Princess Mononoke (1997) and insisted on a similar heavily cut version of the movie, Miyazaki angrily left the meeting. Several days later, Studio Ghibli Producer Toshio Suzuki sent a katana sword to Weinstein's office with "NO CUTS" embedded into its blade. The movie was later released in the U.S. in its uncut version. During a later interview, Miyazaki commented on the incident by smiling and stating "I defeated him."
After the heavily re-written and edited 1985 release of this movie in the United States and Europe (as "Warriors of the Wind"), which substantially changed the movie, in addition to cutting nearly twenty-five minutes of footage, Writer and Director Hayao Miyazaki was hesitant to release any of his movies outside of Japan. Miyazaki demanded that any new licensor for his movies be contractually bound to do no edits whatsoever aside from a straight translation and dub. Disney (who bought the rights to all of Miyazaki's movies except The Castle of Cagliostro (1979)) has honored this stipulation.
Adapted from the first two volumes of the original manga which Hayao Miyazaki wrote and drew for Animage from February 1982 through March 1994. He took breaks from working on the manga and worked on the earlier anime movies he did. The manga is longer and more complex than the movie, featuring many more characters and places.
While many consider this to be a Studio Ghibli movie, it was created before the studio was properly founded, and is a production of Topcraft. Studio Ghibli was officially founded in 1985, and its first production was Castle in the Sky (1986).
The lack of color fidelity used in certain versions gives many people the impression that Nausicaä flies around in a miniskirt with no other piece of clothing under it. This is not the case, she's wearing pants that happen to be roughly the same color as her skin, and the "skirt" is actually the lower part of her coat.
Ohmu means "king of the insects" in Japanese. It is short for "O-mushi" ("big/great insect").
Many of the pieces of technology that the Tolmekians use, bear a passing visual resemblance to German technology from the World War II era. For example, their large transport airships are visually similar to the ME 323 "Gigant" transport plane, their weapons are reminiscent of FG-42 paratrooper rifles, and their tanks appear similar to Sturmhaubitze 42 assault guns. Also, Asbel in his red gunship resembles the Red Baron, the dreaded German fighter pilot of World War I.
The climatic God Soldier scene was animated by Hideaki Anno, who would soon go on to make a name for himself at the Gainax studio.
Fifty-six thousand seventy-eight traditional animation cels were used in this movie.
The military planes invading the Valley have yellow wingtip undersides. The Nazi Luftwaffe had similar yellow identification markings during German invasions of surrounding countries.
This movie was initially released in the United States and Europe as "Warriors of the Wind" by New World Pictures. However, the company had substantially modified this movie to more closely resemble a traditional action-adventure. Nearly twenty-five minutes of footage containing vital exposition was cut, and some dialogue was purposely mistranslated to alter or simplify certain story elements. Many of the character names were changed (for example, Nausicaä became Zandra), and the voice actors and actresses were not given the script for context. To make matters even worse, promotional images prominently depicted characters and creatures that weren't even in the movie, whereas the female protagonist was placed in the background. Not surprisingly, Writer and Director Hayao Miyazaki and his Ghibli studio openly despised these changes. When the rights to the movie expired in 1995, they negotiated a new deal with the Walt Disney Company. This led to a re-release in 2005 of the uncut version with a completely new dub that was a more faithful translation of the original script. Miyazaki has since urged viewers to forget the old version, and "dismiss it from their minds".
Because it was an original story with no promotional tie in to anything, Hayao Miyazaki wrote a manga to get it produced.
The name Mehve (Nausicaä's glider) is derived from "Möwe", the German word for "seagull".
The "Star Trek" alien species the Nausicaans, who were first mentioned in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Samaritan Snare (1989) and first appeared in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Tapestry (1993), were named after the film.
The disastrous "Warriors of the Wind" dub left its cast without any billing. Amongst the unnamed actors from that cast Cam Clarke was Asbel (name changed to Milo) and Susan Davis was Nausicaä (name changed to Zandra).
Natalie Portman was reportedly in talks to voice Nausicaä in Disney's English dub of this movie. The role eventually went to Alison Lohman.
Sir Patrick Stewart, who voiced Lord Yupa also played Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). Captain Picard had an artificial heart that he needed installed after a run in with a Nausicaan in season six, episode fifteen, "Tapestry".