Hayao Miyazaki Working on Computer-Generated Short Film
The legendary director of Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro leaves pencil and paper behind.
Hayao Miyazaki, the Japanese director whose animated films arguably introduced generations of Americans to Japanese culture, is working on a computer-animated short film. It’s a dramatic change of pace for Miyazaki, whose twenty feature-length films—ranging from the hauntingly beautiful afterlife anthem Spirited Away to the relatively straightforward WWII biopic The Wind Rises, were all drawn by hand. As Anime News Network reports (via Vulture), the film is being created for the Ghibli Museum, the western Tokyo enclave devoted to Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli. The museum regularly shows exclusive Ghibli short films, which means if you want to see what might be one of the 74-year-old master’s final pieces, you’d better book your flight to Tokyo soon.