Studio Ghibli is coming back in a big way. Not only will they be producing more feature length films, but renowned animation director and Ghibli co-founder, Hayao Miyazaki, is coming out of retirement once again! In an interview regarding the Oscar nominated Best Animated Feature, The Red Turtle, producer Toshio Suzuki shared the news.
Even though Miyazaki once called CGI “an insult to life itself,” it seems he had a change of heart. Boro the Caterpillar has been in the works for 20 years, and was originally meant to be a short film released this summer. The catch was that it was planned to be shown exclusively at the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo. Now, it seems everyone will be lucky enough to see it as a feature length CGI film! Their goal is to finish the film by 2019, in time for the 2020 Olympics being held in Tokyo. So far, all we know about the story is just the little of what Miyazaki has said. It’s “a story of a tiny, hairy caterpillar, so tiny that it may be easily squished between your fingers.”
This is third time the director of Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Spirited Away is coming back from retirement. If his past work says anything at all about the prospects of Boro the Caterpillar, I think it’s safe to say it’s going to be fantastic. The format change is an interesting direction for Miyazaki to take, and something to watch for more news on.