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Hayao Miyazakis big return

Updated: Nov 7, 2023

Co-founder of the world-renowned and award winning animation studio Studio Ghibli, Miyazaki has emerged from retirement, again. The boy and the Heron scores a 100% on rotten tomatoes and is premiering on December 8. This new release might have been the spark that Miyazaki needed or didn't know existed to come back (again).

It's been a running joke on the internet for a while that Miyazaki is always retiring but also never stays retired. After making Princess Mononoke in 1997, Miyazaki played with the idea of retiring but never actually went through with it. Fast forward to 2013, after releasing The Tale of Princess Kaguya and The Wind Rises, Miyazaki announced his retirement once again, this time it seemed that he was serious. Although stepping back from making feature films, Miyazaki did contribute to a short film as well as a visual project for the Ghibli Museum.

In 2017, Miyazaki announced his comeback to make one last Ghibli film. Now, The Boy and the Heron is Miyazakis new and first feature film in a decade. The movie opened the Toronto International Film Festival. There are talks about future movies but till then we'll enjoy the rest of his brilliant catalogue.


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