For decades, Hayao Miyazaki has been considered an unrivaled master of hand-drawn animation, akin to the Walt Disney of Japan.
But in 2013, the then 72-year-old artist put away his pencil and announced his retirement, asserting he was too old to work on feature films.
Lucky for the world of anime, it didn't last and the results are on display for Miyazaki's U.S. fans to finally see in the long-awaited documentary, Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki, the trailer for which has just hit the web...
"I'm a weak used-up old man… What do I do with the time I have left," wonders the Oscar winner, lamenting the absence of the creative fire that led him to create such classic 'toons as Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Howl's Moving Castle.
Never-Ending Man is an intimate portrait of a retired legend believing he's past his prime and his transformation as he rekindles his passion and discovers an interest in 3-D computer graphics, an art form the old-school animator had previously rejected.
Miyazaki embarks on making a short CGI film for the Ghibli Museum titled Boro the Caterpillar, and the doc, which previously aired on TV in Japan back in 2016, chronicles his attempts to embrace this medium.
"All my work over decades could be for nothing ," Miyazaki says with trepidation.
GKids Films, which handles distribution of all of Studio Ghibli flicks in North America, will release Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki to select theaters this winter.