Hayao Miyazaki looks set to make one final anime feature, and it would be his first and last using CG production techniques.
The 75-year-old Japanese anime master spoke about his plans on NHK, Japan’s public broadcaster, on Sunday evening on a program entitled Owaranai Hito Miyazaki Hayao, which translates as Hayao Miyazaki — The Man Who Isn’t Finished.
Miyazaki has been working on a CG short called Boro the Caterpillar (Kemushi no Boro) that is scheduled to be shown at the Studio Ghibli museum in Tokyo. But Miyazaki said Sunday that he’s not happy with the results and has plans to turn the project into a full-length feature.
The legendary anime director has shared his ideas with Toshio Suzuki, current head of Studio Ghibli and producer of Miyazaki’s biggest hits. Suzuki spoke during the program about how his long-time collaborator has been struggling to master CG animation techniques after spending his life hand-drawing his films.
“Ghibli will carry on as long as Miyazaki continues to make films,” said Suzuki.
Miyazaki said that he is “ready to die” while working on the film. He has typically spent up to five years on his productions, though the use of CG could speed that process up.
The director announced his retirement at the end of 2013, insisting it was final this time after repeatedly coming back to filmmaking following previous announcements he was to quit.
The Wind Rises (2013) and Ponyo (2009) were Miyazaki’s last two productions, both of which have been overtaken in the all-time Japanese box-office charts by Makoto Shinkai’s current smash hit Your Name. Shinkai has been called the “next-Miyazaki.”
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