Hayao Miyazaki out of retirement

Hayao MiyazakiGhibli fans rejoice! The legendary director Hayao Miyazaki is reportedly out of retirement and working on a new project.

Miyazaki announced that he is coming out of retirement to direct a new movie. The co-founder of Studio Ghibli has directed many of the most beloved Japanese animated films of all time. His last directed film was 2013’s The Wind Rises.

According to Little White Lies, one of Studio Ghibli’s producers, Toshio Suzuki, confirmed in a pre-Oscars interview that the acclaimed Japanese animation studio will resume producing feature-length movies in-house, and Miyazaki will be heading the studio’s first full-length CG-animated movie.

While the director has expressed his dislike for CG animation before, it seems he has now begun to appreciate the technology and is learning how to animate scenes with a computer. He is reportedly working on a film entitled Kemushi no Boro (Boro the Caterpillar), which was initially conceived as a short film but now seems to be developing into a full-length feature.

It’s been several years since Ghibli produced full-length animated films but it recently co-produced The Red Turtle, which was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature.

Hayao Miyazaki has been behind many of the most well-loved animated films of our time including the Oscar-winning Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, Castle in the Sky, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Ponyo, and Howl’s Moving Castle.

Watch this space for more updates on Hayao Miyazaki’s latest project.

In the meantime, check out the trailer for The Red Turtle: