Hayao Miyazaki is back! The 74-year-old Japanese animation icon responsible for such beloved films as My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service and Princess Mononoke has been kind of/sort of retired for a while now. Today the legendary artist announced a new film, his first time directing a computer animated flick. We couldn't be more excited.
The 10-minute clip is being created to screen at Miyazaki's Ghibli Museum in Tokyo.
Miyazaki says the short will detail "a story of a tiny, hairy caterpillar, so tiny that it may be easily squished between your fingers." Wired writes that this is "a tale he's been planning for almost two decades—the director first mentioned plans for the story prior to 1997's similarly nature-focused Princess Mononoke." The mag also notes that Miyazaki has used CGI before, in his 2001 Oscar-winner Spirited Away, but that "the short will be the first time he has produced an entire film in the form."
"He gets bored when his goal is maintaining [the Ghibli Museum]," explains Goro Miyazaki, Hayao's 48-year-old son, "so he needs things to fiddle around with." Fortunately for us, a legend's mere "fiddling" can easily become a new masterpiece.