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Here’s Why Hayao Miyazaki Returned To Filmmaking

by on October 18, 2017

Remember four years ago when Hayao Miyazaki said he was officially retiring from making cartoons? As of this year, he’s back again….so what changed his mind?

In 2013 Miyazaki left Studio Ghibli, citing his fading eyesight and aging body as a motive. “I feel that my days in feature film are done,” he said. “If I said I wanted to [make a feature film], I would sound like an old man saying something foolish.” He added that it was only a semi-retirement and that he would like to keep working in some capacity “for another ten years,” just not on feature films.

This only lasted four years before he officially returned to animation in full, beginning work on a new feature. Why the change of heart? Producer Toshio Suzuki, who has worked with Miyazaki for a long time, revealed the answer to the NHK television program Sunday Art Gallery. According to Suzuki, he did it for his grandson.

“He [Miyazaki] said, ‘I’m making it for my grandson.’” Suzuki said that Miyazaki was thinking he would like to leave more behind for his grandson to enjoy, as if to say “Grandpa passed into the next world, but he left this work.”

After a beat Suzuki commented, “No doubt Ghibli fans are looking at the TV, blurting, ‘Hey! Wait a second. That’s the reason?!” Maybe it’s more surprising to him, but it sounds perfectly reasonable to us.
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