ageist editors | january 18, 2018

welcome back hayao miyazaki

Hats off this week to the Japanese animation legend who just couldn’t stay retired. Hayao Miyazaki, whose anime films for the studio he co-founded in 1985 helped set the standard for animation globally, decided earlier this year to end his 5-year “retirement,” when a film idea that grabbed a hold of him just wouldn’t let go. A welcoming ceremony was held at Studio Ghibli upon Miyazaki’s return to work on the new film, Boro the Caterpillar. The Spirited Away director originally made a short film about the subject for Ghibli’s museum in the city of Mitaka. But he decided it had potential as a feature film and approached the studio about it in August. The decision to green light was, obviously, a no-brainer. We can’t wait.