Mononoke was totally that formula. And preachy, too. What with the environmental stuff. Though it may have diverted at points, it held true. Then again, I will admit I didn't watch all of it, so if it diverted more than I thought, I'll concede.
And you skipped alot in that formula.
As for your exceptions, lemme ask ya; how old were the protagonists? What were the settings like? Even if his films don't use the whole formula bit-by-bit, there's always chunks of it in there. It wouldn't even be an issue for me if his movies weren't so similar. Especially for a guy who gets as much accolades as he does.
Well let's go through that bit by bit shall we? Princess Mononoke…
So by young'un, you mean fully adult Ashitaka who goes on an adventure to save or help what exactly? Er, actually he's cursed to die and goes to find the discover the origin of the "curse" and see it with his own eyes...but I'm sure someone benefits somehow...right?
Anyway moving on... fully adult Ashitaka wanders in fantastic setting- which seems an awful lot like gritty, war-torn feudal Japan but hey, that could be fantastic depending on how ya look at it. There are those cute little Kodama to take your mind off it afterall.
Then Ashitaka is locked in a conflict between man and nature which we all know is hugely insignificant and minor by today's standards. As if crappy usage of resources and overly rapid progress is a serious issue. psh.
Ashitaka saves the da~oh wait, hundreds die, Tatara burns to the ground, and the forest god goes kersplat....but at least that whole curse thing is solved, phew! All thanks to his lovable pals: wolf girl, fat, dirty monk, and giant bloody boar god! High five!
Yeah, I guess you're right Captain, it DOES follow that formula!
...Okay, I'm just messing around with you, but I think Miyazaki's a lot more inventive than you're giving him credit for.