The Anime Master Hayao Miyazaki Turns 80
With films like “Princess Mononoke” he enchanted the cinema audience, “Spirited Away” even won an Oscar. But Hayao Miyazaki is coming back from retirement. He is working on another film – a legacy for his grandson.
The fabulous works full of heroines and forest beings, magical natural forces, and spirits from Japan’s mythical Shinto world. With his full-length cartoons such as “Princess Mononoke”, “My Neighbor Totoro” and his Oscar-winning work “Spirited Away”, Hayao Miyazaki has enchanted people all over the world and has become an icon of contemporary Japanese anime art.
The genius will be 80 on January 5th
But it was not for nothing that the old master was once portrayed in his homeland as “Owaranai Hito” – a person who never ends. Because the director of the legendary Ghibli studio has returned from retirement and is working on another big film. Seven years ago after the release of his film “How the Wind Raises”, Miyazaki announced about the developer of the Mitsubishi Zero – Japan’s once feared fighter from the Second World War – that he no longer wanted to make full-length feature films.
But Miyazaki had repeatedly announced his resignation in the past. And then continued. In 2017 he announced a new animated film. Miyazaki’s inspiration for the new work is the children’s book “Kimitachi Wa Do Ikiruka” By Yoshino Genzaburo, published in 1937. Initially, the world-famous animated film studios Ghibli had set the production time to three to four years. But the extremely complex work on the new plant is taking a long time.
“We still draw everything by hand”
He used to produce ten minutes of animation per month, now it is only one minute per month, Miyazaki said in an interview at the end of 2019. “We still draw everything by hand. But it takes more time to finish a film because we draw more frames,” said producer and Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki last year. 60 animators worked on Miyazaki’s new work. After three years, 36 minutes are produced. They hope to finish the film in the next three years. It is said that many of Miyazaki’s former employees at Ghibli are involved in the new project.
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