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Hayao Miyazaki, The Finest Animator Alive, Is Working On A New Project

The creator of classic Japanese animes like My Neighbour Totoro and Princess Mononoke, Hayao Miyazaki (75) is back to business. Reportedly, the animator, who co-founded Japan’s Studio Ghibli in 1984, is stepping out of retirement to make a feature film titled, Boro the Caterpillar (Kemushi no Boro). The film will debut at the Ghibli Museum in 2017.


Miyazaki revealed his plan on NHK, Japan’s public broadcaster, on Sunday evening on a program called Owaranai Hito Miyazaki Hayao (Hayao Miyazaki – The Man Who Isn’t Finished). He said that he had been working on a CG short called Boro the Caterpillar (Kemushi no Boro) for the Studio Ghibli museum in Tokyo. But since he was not happy with the results, the project might be converted into a full-length feature. The project might take 5 years to materialise, said Miyazaki, who added that he was “ready to die” while working on the film.

Miyazaki had announced his retirement at the end of 2013, and in August 2014, Studio Ghibli announced that it was temporarily halting production.

The new project would be the master’s first attempt in Computer Graphics animation. In the Tv show, Toshio Suzuki, current head of Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki’s long time collaborator, spoke about how Miyazaki has been struggling to work in CG animation after having spent his life hand-drawing his films.

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