Miyazaki May Exit Par­tial Re­tire­ment for First CG Fea­ture

Animation Magazine - - Frame- By- Frame -

Fans sort of as­sumed it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore Hayao Miyazaki can­celed his (sixth) re­tire­ment, an­nounced in all se­ri­ous­ness in 2013 when he was 73 and work­ing on his “fi­nal” fea­ture, The Wind Rises.

Last year, the ac­claimed writer-di­rec­tor-pro­ducer an­nounced a half step out, declar­ing his in­tent to cre­ate his first CG project — a 10-minute short for the Ghi­bli Mu­seum, Boro the Cater­pil­lar ( Ke­mushi no Boro).

Now, a TV spe­cial in Ja­pan re­veals Miyazaki has de­cided that the tale de­serves the ful­l­length fea­ture treat­ment — if Stu­dio Ghi­bli agrees to pro­duce it. No of­fi­cial agree­ment with the stu­dio is in place, but Miyazaki is al­ready tack­ling sto­ry­boards for the project.

Zootropo­lis, By­ron Howard, Rich Moore, Clark Spencer.

• In­ter­na­tional: We Bare Bears, Daniel Chong, Manny Her­nan­dez, Car­rie Wilk­sen.

• Preschool — An­i­ma­tion: Hey Duggee, Grant Or­chard, Ja­nine Voong, Sue Goffe.

• Short Form: Good as Goaled, Tom Gran, Martin Wool­ley.

• Writer: The Amaz­ing World of Gum­ball, writ­ing team.

• Learn­ing — Pri­mary: I Can’t Go to School To­day, pro­duc­tion team.

The Visual Ef­fects So­ci­ety will present its Vi­sion­ary Award to Marvel Stu­dios’ exec pro­ducer Vic­to­ria Alonso and its Life­time Achieve­ment Award to VFX icon Ken Ralston at the 15th an­nual VES Awards, set for Feb. 7 at the Bev­erly Hil­ton Ho­tel. ... Ja­son Ma­cLeod, a light­ing artist with Dis­ney An­i­ma­tion, will re­place Steve Hulett as the An­i­ma­tion Guild’s busi­ness rep­re­sen­ta­tive. Hulett is re­tir­ing after hold­ing the guild of­fice since 1989. ... Thun­der­bird ap­pointed Matthew Berkowitz as Head of Devel­op­ment at sub­sidiary Atomic Car­toons. [

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