Legendary Japanese Animator Hayao Miyazaki comes out of Retirement

Oscar-winning Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki has come out of retirement to work on a new animated feature film. A producer at Studio Ghibli revealed this on Thursday in Beverly Hills where he was visiting an event related to the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday.

The legendary animator has decided to come out of his retirement after a mere three and a half years of enjoying doing what retired people do. Fans in Japan and overseas have persistently called for him to comeback. It seems their calls have been heard and answered.

“He is creating it in Tokyo, working hard right now,” said Toshio Suzuki, a producer at the major Japanese animation company. During a talk show the producer revealed that Miyazaki has presented him a storyboard of the new film at the end of last year.

Miyazaki’s “Spirited Away” won the Berlin International Film Festival Golden Bear in 2002 and the American Academy Award for Animated Feature Film in 2003.

Back in 2013, Hayao Miyazaki retired from feature filmmaking, saying, “This time is for real.” We are filled with joy that the now 76 year old Hayao Miyazaki doesn’t really enjoy retirement and loves working on his movies.