Studio Ghibli's Hayao Miyazaki Is Officially Coming Out of Retirement

The acclaimed animator is currently preparing to make his next full-length film.
Sarah Ward
February 25, 2017

He filled our hearts with joy with his gorgeous animated films, then broke them with his well-deserved farewell; however, it seems that Studio Ghibli's Hayao Miyazaki isn't done playing with our emotions — or making movies — just yet. One of Asia's biggest news agencies has reported that the master animator has officially stepped out of retirement and is preparing to direct his next feature.

The new project was discussed by Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki in a pre-Oscars interview, with the studio's co-production The Red Turtle in the running to take home the trophy for best animated feature. It's not the first we've heard about it, given that Miyazaki's eagerness to return to doing what he does best was first rumoured last year. Now, though, it's official.

Best known for directing the iconic likes of Spirited Away, My Neighbour Totoro, Ponyo and more before he retired after 2014's The Wind Rises — aka, the retirement that actually stuck for a while, after previous plans didn't eventuate — the legendary filmmaker has reportedly been working on turning 12-minute computer-generated short Kemushi no Boro (Boro the Caterpillar) into full-length effort after becoming dissatisfied with the briefer version. Suzuki didn't elaborate as to whether that's the new feature he's talking about, but speculation is rife, of course.

That film was expected to be finished in time for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, so, once again, there are plenty of assumptions that the same will be the case with whatever Miyazaki's current effort turns out to be. To be honest, it's safe to say that Ghibli fans won't mind what he's making, or when it comes out — we're all too busy jumping for joy that we'll be getting to feast our eyes and hearts on one of his inimitable cinematic creations once again.

Via Kotaku.

Published on February 25, 2017 by Sarah Ward
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