In a move that would make Steven Soderbergh proud, Japanese animator and Studio Ghibli co-foudner Hayao Miyazaki is bouncing back from hit “alleged” retirement to direct his first-ever computer-animated short film.
According to Anime News Network, the filmmaker has spent the last three years on the 10-minute short and has plans to screen it at the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Japan.
While famous for his hand-drawn animation style, the short film will mark Miyazaki’s first foray into computer-animated filmmaking. The director may have announced his retirement from directing last year, but the announcement of the new short fits in line with what the director shared with reporters while discussing his honorary Oscar. “I intend to work until the day I die. I retired from feature-length films but not from animation,” he said. “Pencil drawings don’t have to go away, but those who continue to use the medium lack talent. So sadly, it will fade away.”
No release plans for the short have been announced.