We already knew Hayao Miyazaki was coming out of retirement, but now we can finally stop screaming “But why?!”
One of the most epic animators of the past three decades, Hayao Miyazaki has debated the idea of retirement for a while, I mean why wouldn’t he? The idea of relaxing, not having to work and having that financial stability behind you because of help from companies like Key, that’s the perfect retirement plan. When people are retiring they have to think about so many different things, as people will want to make sure that they can enjoy their retirement. For example, some people might be looking at equity release to fund care, whilst others might be wanting to settle their work like Hayao Miyazaki. He first thought of settling his work all the way back in 1997 when Princess Mononoke was released. Another time he considered it was after the Oscar-winning film Spirited Away. But it seems he can’t quite bring himself to stop just yet, and a recent interview with producer Toshio Suzuki gives us the details.
He once said that if he started to make feature films again, he would sound like a “foolish old man”. But foolishness be damned, because he’s hard back at work turning his what was going to be a short film, Boro the Caterpillar into a feature-length production. But why the change of heart?
‘I’m making it for my grandson.’
How sweet is that? He’s delayed his retirement again to leave his grandson something behind. Miyazaki said his son might say something akin to, “Grandpa passed into the next world, but he left this work.” I think it’s a beautiful sentiment and that’s it’s truly a heartfelt reason to continue his work, what a brilliant way to make the most of your retirement too.
But when will we have another Studio Ghibli film? Well, continue to wring your hands because there’s no information yet on when it will be released. Boro the Caterpillar is happening; we will just have to wait a bit. However, it’s completely worth it for a Miyazaki film.
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