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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Hayao Miyazaki To Return From Retirement

About effing time.

Miyazaki Hayao, the legendary animator and anime director has obviously become bored sitting at home having nothing in common with all the old guys he knew back in primary school.

Plus… being married for 51 years… and his wife not used to having him around the house because of his intense work schedule… well… I wonder just whose idea it was to consider coming out of retirement?

He is reportedly willing to come out of his three-year “retirement”—he’s been working on a computer animated cartoon called Boro the Caterpillar in that time—and now he wants to turn the thing into a full-length animated film.

Although Miyazaki has not received an official green light to produce the animated movie, he has (over the past three years) done a bit of animation for it.

Plans are for the anime to be finished in 2017, and for it to only be shown at the Ghibli Museum in Japan.

If that’s true, that’s just cruel for the rest of the world, like my gal-pal Caroline who loves his animated flicks.

I find them a bit too sappy, but they are always beautifully rendered, and millions upon millions of people do love his work.

His animated film Spirited Away won Best Animated Film at the 2003 Academy Awards.

For my money, My Neighbor Totoro from 1988 is his best work. Catbus.

But fret not Ghibli Studio fans of Miyazaki… you know that a dubbed or sub-titled version of Boro the Caterpillar will eventually make its way to whatever country you reside in.

Oh… and did you know (probably), that the 2006 Studio Ghibli cartoon Monmon the Water Spider,  which can currently be seen at the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo, is based upon Miyazaki’s original story idea for Boro, the Caterpillar?

Yup… he just worked on Monmon the Water Spider first for reasons known only to him.

Here... watch Monmon the Water Spider while you can - it's a handheld camera view:

Andrew Joseph
PS: Image at very top found HERE.

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