Hayao Miyazaki doc: An analog animation master finds new technical challenges

The trailer for Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki If the name Hayao Miyazaki means anything to you, new documentary Never-Ending Man will, too. The film provides a pretty intimate, charming portrayal of the legendary animator from the announcement of his retirement (September 2013) through much of the production on Boro The Caterpillar, Miyazaki’s first film done entirely with CGI (that short film debuted […]

The Top 5 Anime Film Directors Working Today Who Aren’t Hayao Miyazaki

(Welcome to Let’s Get Animated!, a column that spotlights the best of film animation. In this edition: the best modern anime film directors to keep an eye on.) Ask any animation buff and they can list off a handful of great Western animation directors, and one Japanese one. Despite anime’s place on the global stage […]

Studio Ghibli reopens for Hayao Miyazaki’s new film

Just a few years ago, Studio Ghibli’s future was in the air after co-founder and legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki (supposedly) retired. The place is about to be jumping again, however, as the studio announced that it has re-opened to start production on a recently-announced new film by the not-so-retired Miyazaki. He was on hand for […]

Studio Ghibli Reopens As Hayao Miyazaki Refuses to Retire — Again

No matter how many times he has announced it, Hayao Miyazaki will never retire. And we can only be grateful that a genius like him will keep blessing the world with his works. Miyazaki announced (for the umpteenth time) that he would retire from the grueling world of animation that he revolutionized with films like Princess Mononoke and Spirited […]

Hayao Miyazaki’s Feature Directorial Debut Is Coming to the Big Screen in September

You’d think that the debut film of a director as influential — and with as fervent a following — as Hayao Miyazaki would’ve already had a re-release in some U.S. cinemas after, say, Spirited Away rose to international fame. But alas, The Castle of Cagliostro, the director’s first feature-length film, had no such thing. It received an extremely […]

Why Japan’s New Studio Ghibli Theme Park is So Exciting (and How It Will Reflect Hayao Miyazaki’s Films)

Japanese theme parks have been in the news a lot as of late. We recently reported on the news of Super Nintendo World coming to Universal Studios Japan (Forget about playing Mario Kart – soon you will be able to live the game Mario Kart). We also recently reported on a new attraction called Nemo & Friends […]

Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki to work on his final film this fall

Studio Ghibli fans have something else to look forward to after Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter. Hayao Miyazaki, famous Japanese animation filmmaker and the studio’s mastermind, will be coming out of his retirement to begin working on his last project this fall. A job posting spotted by AnimeNewsNetwork is looking for in-between animators and background artists […]

How To Work On Hayao Miyazaki’s New Movie

GIF [GIF: 映画「夢と狂気の王国」 Hey, did you hear? Hayao Miyazaki has officially come out of retirement to make a new feature film. If you want to work on it, here’s how you can apply! Advertisement Studio Ghibli has a job listing for the feature—which also means that Ghibli is going back into feature film production! The […]

Hayao Miyazaki’s Retirement Is Officially Over

Image: 映画「夢と狂気の王国」 Back in 2013, Hayao Miyazaki retired from feature filmmaking, saying, “This time is for real.” Now, his long time producer says Miyazaki is coming out of retirement for another full-length movie. Even though he had retired from features, Miyazaki continued to come into Studio Ghibli and work. After initially stepping away from directing […]