In 2013, millions upon millions of people were given a big down in emotions after legendary Japanese animator and director Hayao Miyazaki from Studio Ghibli announced his retirement; that he wouldn’t be producing anymore feature-length films in order to concentrate on smaller projects. However, Miyazaki who is one of the only film animators with an Oscar, has announced that he is postponing his retirement to make one last movie.
According to reports from Kotaku and the Anime News Network, the bombshell of a news was announced on a Japanese TV special broadcast over the weekend. Appropriately enough, the special was titled- Hayao Miyazaki: The Man Who Is Not Done. In it, Miyazaki revealed that he was dissatisfied with the 12-minute CG short film he had been working on – Kemushi no Boro or Boro the Caterillar – and instead wants to turn it into a full-length film.
Though the special did no show Miyazaki getting a green light from the studio management, he is seen starting work on animation for the project. We’re still awaiting for the official confirmation, but knowing Miyazaki’s determination and passion that has no equal, we’re bound for a good movie.
Kemushi no Boro was initially created for the Ghibli Museum which opened to the public in Tokyo back in 2001, which showcases artifacts from Studio Ghibili, which Miyazaki co-founded. The studio’s many films include Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, and Howl’s Moving Castle. There isn’t too many details about Kemushi no Boro, but Miyazaki has apparently been developing the story for some 20 years.
During the special, Miyazaki said the film was “the story of a tiny, hairy caterpillar, so tiny that it may be easily squished between your fingers.” Miyazaki who is 75-years-old today, noted that he might be 80-years-old by the time it’s finished- but with his ideal schedule, the film will be most likely done before the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.