Miyazaki’s really just been pulling our leg in one giant, long prank that we can’t say we’re mad about.
In some not so unexpected news, the godfather of animated films Hayao Miyazaki has once again stepped out into the spotlight to end his retirement — which comes out to about the 6th time he’s retired and come back now. It’s wonderful news no doubt, as no one quite does animation the way Miyazaki does, but shocking…not so much.
Since announcing his “This time is for real” retirement in 2012, most fans still saw this coming, especially after he suggested that perhaps his 2015 short animation, called Boro the Caterpillar, should “probably be a full-length movie” back in December. But Miyazaki isn’t just making a statement, he’s already lined up for another film! In a pre-Oscar’s interview with Studio Ghibli’s Toshio Suzuki, Hayao confirmed that he is set to work on a new movie, his first feature since 2013’s “The Wind Rises”.
Screenshots of Hayao Miyazaki’s Boro short film as seen on the recent NHK TV special. Or is this perhaps the FEATURE FILM version??? pic.twitter.com/4ysYdLTYM7
— Ghibli Blog (@GhibliBlog) February 24, 2017
According to a published article from the Kyodo report, Suzuki said that Miyazaki was currently doing prep work. “Right now in Tokyo, he’s putting all his effort into making it [the feature].”
It’s also been reported that the idea was to have the film out in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. So Miyazaki better be ready and set to go off to the animation races! The clock has started.
When Miyazaki will retire ‘for real, for real’, we don’t know, but we are excited for another round of great animations to hit our screens!
I guess that just like us, he can’t get enough of his amazing characters set in surreal backdrops. We can’t wait to see what’s next.