Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki Comes Out of Retirement…Again!
He’s Back! Three years after his “retirement” Studio Ghibli animation legend Hayao Miyazaki appears coming out of retirement and ready to return to feature filmmaking.
Anime News Network reports that the legendary anime director revealed he wasn’t happy with the Computer Generated animated short he’s been directing on for the Studio Ghibli Museum in Japan. So in August he presented a pitch to develop a new full-length animated feature film “Boro the Caterpillar.”
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Miyazaki, who turns 76 years old this past January, suggested the film could be finished by 2019, before the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The director has already begun pre-production on the project, even though it’s yet to be greenlit. I don’t think he’ll have an issue getting it greenlit.
According to ANN, Miyazaki describes the “Boro the Caterpillar” as
“a story of a tiny, hairy caterpillar, so tiny that it may be easily squished between your fingers.”
The legendary director officially retired once before, in 1998 — by some counts he has “retired” at least five times — before returning in 2000 to make the Oscar-winning “Spirited Away” for Studio Ghibli, easily one of the best-animated films of all time. So, this retirement has lasted a little longer.
Of course, Miyazaki hasn’t exactly been in a retirement home these past three years. He’s worked on short films for the Studio Ghibli Museum, as well as Samurai Manga. He also began construction of a children’s nature retreat in Japan. Let’s hope we get to see another film by this master.
The co-founder of Studio Ghibli, Miyazaki has a long list of credits that includes:
- Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
- The Castle of Cagliostro
- Castle in the Sky
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Kiki’s Delivery Service
- Porco Rosso
- Princess Mononoke
- Spirited Away
- Howl’s Moving Castle
- Mr. Dough and the Egg Princess
- The Wind Rises
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