A few days ago, headlines exploded across the Internet claiming that Studio Ghibli legend Hayao Miyazaki would be directing a CG animated film. It will be called “Kemushi no Boro” (Kemushi the Caterpillar) and it is schedule to be completed in three years.
“Blasphemous! Miyazaki is not allowed to touch computers to make films! He must draw!” These were my initial thoughts. For a moment I forgot that Miyazaki is his own man free to animate any way he so desires; it’a not like he’s only a hand-drawn masterpiece machine.
I can imagine Miyazaki complaining about something in the CG animation process. After all, he is widely known as being grumpy. “This computer is too advanced” or “today’s generation doesn’t appreciate the power drawing” are most likely things he’s said in his life. This is why his move to CG is so surprising; he must be the most traditional person ever.
The story of “Kemushi no Boro” seems very interesting. It will be exciting to see what Miyazaki can do with a caterpillar for ten minutes. I predict it will be an ecological fable, considering Miyazaki’s environmental themes in his past works.
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