You’ve probably heard this several times before. Studio Ghibli genius Hayao Miyazaki is coming out of retirement to make one last animated feature, despite saying that 2013 film The Wind Rises was totally and utterly going to be his last one. Studio Ghibli itself was supposed to be closing, with this year’s When Marnie Was There intened to be their last film. However, studio head Toshio Suzuki has said that: “Ghibli will carry on as long as Miyazaki continues to make films”, which sounds good to me.
Miyazaki spoke about the new project on a Japanese TV programme about him called Hayao Miyazaki – The Man Who Isn’t Finished [subtle title]. The 75 year old said that it will be a feature length expansion of a short he’d made for the Studio Ghibli museum in Tokyo called Boro the Caterpillar [Kemushi no Boro]. Most interestingly but somewhat disappointingly, it will be a CG-animated film. While there have been many great CG-animated movies, I personally feel that it’s still no match for traditional animation, which seems to be a dying art. But if anyone can do something unique with it, Miyazaki can.
Miyazaki also said that he was “ready to die” while working on the movie!