Studio Ghibli founder Hayao Miyazaki comes out of retirement

Toshio Suzuki, a co-founder, producer and former president of Studio Ghibli, is in Hollywood this weekend with Ghibli co-produced, Academy Award for Best Animated Feature nominee The Red Turtle.

We'd all like to be Spirited Away right now. Rumors that Miyazaki would be coming out of retirement started circulating in November.

After word late a year ago that The Wind Rises would in fact not be Hayao Miyazaki's swan song, we were waiting to hear if Studio Ghibli would do the obvious and greenlight his next feature-length animation.

Legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki has pulled the plug on his short-lived retirement, and is reportedly hard at work on a brand new feature film. Miyazaki is now making preparations for the Boro the Caterpillar, "a story of a tiny, hairy caterpillar, so tiny that it may be easily squished between your fingers".

While fans of Miyazaki will no doubt be thrilled by this news, it's worth pointing out that they shouldn't really be surprised, given that he's done this before. When a special documentary, Hayao Miyazaki: The Man Who Is Not Done, aired in Japan, Miyazaki admitted he was unhappy with a 12-minute CG short film he was working on called Boro the Caterpillar and wanted to turn it into a feature film.

As reported previously, the idea was to have the film out before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Since retiring, Miyazaki has focused his energies on working on a number of short films for the Ghibli Museum, which are due to premiere later this year.

  • Salvatore Jensen