There are seemingly two absolute truths in this world; the Japanese anime film industry is going nowhere but upwards, and that you can’t keep Studio Ghibli founder Hayao Miyazaki out of the office. In a recent statement sent out by Studio Ghibli, the gloablly-known animator is returning once more to begin work on his latest film, “Boro the Caterpillar”. With today being his first day back in the studio office, it’s already been reported that Miyazaki had been working on the film from his home studio for over six months.
Joining him in the office will be a handful of new animators and background artists who answered the studio’s call for workers ahead of the animated film. Unsurprisingly the applications were flooded, but what proved interesting was the fact that more foreigners than ever before also took the plunge and applied for the role. Those who were selected for the roles are set to begin work as early as next month. Hayao Miyazaki’s last work with the studio was the 2013 “The Wind Rises”, which was met with critical acclaim from new and old fans alike.
The upcoming “Boro the Caterpillar” was originally conceived with the purpose of being a short-film made available only at the Studio Ghibli Museum here in Tokyo. After much disdain with the short however, Miyazaki quickly got to work into making this into a full-blown feature film released under the Studio Ghibli name. First thought up over 20-years ago, the concept for the anime predates even animated films such as “Princess Mononoke”, one of the studios more acclaimed features. The short was originally described:
“a story of a tiny, hairy caterpillar, so tiny that it may be easily squished between your fingers.”
I’m extremely excited to once again be enticed within the wold of Ghibli as Miyazaki works the magic that seemingly only he can deliver. If you’re jumping up and down in your seat in anticipation for the film however, you’re going to have to wait a moment. The film is currently slated for a 2019 release date, with little more than that timeframe known at the moment. If you’re interested in checking out the full announcement from Studio Ghibli, you can find that here.