“This is my last film. I’m retiring.” Those are the words that had broken many a heart several times. Hayao Miyazaki, Japan’s most celebrated anime filmmaker, is very likely coming out of retirement once gain. To recall, following his retirement announcements back in 2013, Miyazaki had confirmed that he would continue making animation shorts for the Studio Ghibli Museum. Lately, he has been working on a CG short for the Museum titled “Kemushi no Boro” or Boro the Caterpillar, but being unsatisfied with the short, Miyazaki now wants turn it into a full-length film.
A still from ‘The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness’
As per ANN, in the NHK television special Owaranai Hito Miyazaki Hayao (The Man Who Is Not Done: Hayao Miyazaki) news of Miyazaki’s come back was made.
ANN reports, Miyazaki has “presented a project proposal for a feature-length film this past August.” Miyazaki announced his retirement from directing feature films three years ago. If the proposal is granted, it’ll take him five years to make the feature length film, by the end of which he’d be 80 years old. According to the proposal, Miyasaki plans to get the film done by 2019, that is before the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
The project is yet to approved, Miyazaki has already begun working on the film. Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki comments that the man will draw storyboards until he dies.
What of Boro the Caterpillar?
Miyazaki has been planning the film for around 20 years, and he describes it as “a story of a tiny, hairy caterpillar, so tiny that it may be easily squished between your fingers.” It would take Miyazaki, another year to complete the 12-minutes short after which it’ll premiere exclusively in the Ghibli Museum, Tokyo.
Miyazaki’s Retirement Saga
Miyazaki went into semi-retirement for the first time after directing Princess Mononoke, where he redrew 80,000 of the film’s frames himself. His latest retirement announcement came three years ago on September 7, 2013. He stated that he was “quite serious” this time.
Miyazaki’s career has expanded over decades and has been hailed as the best animation filmmaker in history. If he decides to come back, no one will complain.