When certified anime wizard Hayao Miyazaki says he wants to direct one more feature, despite being officially retired, people stand up and listen. The man often dubbed as the Japanese Walt Disney has graced humanity with a stunning library of animation classics over the decades, like Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, Kiki's Delivery Service and many more. The last time Miyazaki ventured out of the comforts of retirement, he did so to provide storyboards on his CGI short titled, Boro the Caterpillar.
Now, the national treasure is vaulting back out of re-retirement to embark on a final creative project to turn his long-gestating caterpillar piece into a full-length feature film described by the Studio Ghibli co-founder as “a story of a tiny, hairy caterpillar, so tiny that it may be easily squished between your fingers.”
According to news delivered to the Anime News Network from a television special airing in Japan over the weekend, Miyazaki shared sentiments that he wasn’t satisfied with the format of the CG-animated short he’s been helping to craft for the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo and wants to expand it into a big-screen film for possible release in 2019, just in time for the Tokyo Summer Olympics in 2020.
While the project has yet to be officially given the thumbs up by executuves at Studio Ghibli, who exactly is going to tell this living legend he can't?! Are you excited for another Miyazaki anime movie, and can you wait three more years to watch?