Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki confirmed with audiences at the Niconico Chokaigi 2017 convention that Hayao Miyazaki’s Kemushi no Boro short will debut in July. Miyazaki famously came out of retirement to work on the short, which will be shown at the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo.
Kemushi no Boro is Miyazaki’s first full CGI anime project, and he has been working on it since 2015. The short will have a run-time of 10 minutes.
Suzuki did release some disappointing news: Miyazaki’s next feature anime film will not debut in 2019. During the Owaranai Hito Miyazaki Hayao (The Man Who Is Not Done: Hayao Miyazaki) TV special, the director mentioned that he hoped to get a new feature film done by 2019, just before the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. However, Suzuki said that while Miyazaki has been working on storyboards for the film, it has not been officially green-lit. Even if the movie was approved, Suzuki asserts that it would be impossible for it to be finished by 2019.
A brief shot of Kemushi no Boro was shown during Owaranai Hito Miyazaki Hayao.
Suzuki expanded on the thought, mentioning that Miyazaki has only drawn 20 minutes worth of storyboards, which is too slow of a progress to meet a 2019 goal. An audience member asked if the movie could get finished while Miyazaki is still alive, to which Suzuki dryly answered, “Hmm, I don’t know.” Miyazaki is currently 76 years old.
Still, are excited to watch Kemushi no Boro?