Toshio Suzuki, a co-founder, producer and former president of Studio Ghibli, is in Hollywood this weekend with Ghibli co-produced, Academy Award for Best Animated Feature nominee The Red Turtle. Talking with Pixar director Pete Docter in Los Angeles, Suzuki revealed that revered anime director Hayao Miyazaki is out of retirement.
According to Suzuki, what started as work on short film "Kemushi no Boro" has turned into a years long effort to learn how to animate on a computer and a come-back on the studio’s first full venture into CG animation. Miyazaki has previously indicated that he was finished with feature-lengthed projects after 2013's The Wind Rises.
In December, Suzuki said that Kemushi no Boro/Boro the Caterpillar will be completed by Spring 2017 and was scheduled to be screened exclusively at the Ghibli Museum in June or July of the year.
After directing his 11th feature film Kaze Tachinu/The Wind Rises, Miyazaki has been attached with Kemushi no Boro since the summer of 2015. It was expected to be a 12-minute short drawn with hand-drawn animation and CG.