When Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement back in 2013, his fans were saddened but at the same time, still thankful. Miyazaki had become a legend in the animation industry and was an inspiration to so many artists. But it seems like this Oscar awardee animator and director has found a new drive to do one last full-length animated film.
Hayao Miyazaki has reportedly revealed that he wishes to turn his 20-year pet project into an animated movie. He makes the announcement during the NHK television special in Japan. The show had the title, The Man Who Is Not Done. Miyazaki expresses his dissatisfaction with the recent 12-minute CG film he has been working on for the Ghibli Museum. The anime short is called Kemushi no Boroor Boro the Caterpillar.
The veteran Studio Ghibli animator says he wants to turn the said project into a full-length film. A go-signal from the studio management is yet to be reported, however, Miyazaki is seen working on it as of the moment. Surely it will only be a matter of time before they make the official announcement, this is Miyazaki after all.
Kemushi no Boro is a project that Miyazaki has been developing for about 20 years. The story is about ?a tiny, hairy caterpillar, so tiny it may easily be squished between your fingers?. During the TV special, he also notes that the project might take him 5 years to finish. He is 75 now and aims to complete this by the time he turns 80. It?s in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as well.
The Ghibli Museum, which opened in 2001, is located in Tokyo. It showcases artifacts from Studio Ghibli, an renowned animation company which Hayao Miyazaki co-founded. The museum has different displays, from artworks to sculptures to interactive set-ups. It features beloved films such as Ponyo, My Neighbor Totoro, Howl?s Moving Castle, Spirited Away and Porco Roso, just to name a few.