Hayao Miyazaki is making another comeback, one that is marked by his awaited CG short titled Kemushi no Boro (Boro the Caterpillar). Now, fans finally get an idea of when Studio Ghibli can release this short, as well as his next feature film.
At the Nico Nico Chokaigi 2017 convention (via Anime News Network), it was confirmed that the CG short already has a debut date this July. It’s also scheduled to premiere at the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo.
Sadly, at the same event, fans were informed that a 2019 release date for Miyazaki’s next feature film may not be possible. So far, what’s known about this film is that Miyazaki has already on the storyboards to fulfill the required 100 cuts of footage—even when the project has not yet been officially green-lit. This proposal was made last August, after he had confirmed that he didn’t want to just do a CG short.
Miyazaki’s progress, however, may be one of the reasons why the release date can’t be achieved. To date, even after almost nine months of work on the storyboards, he has only drawn 20 minutes’ worth of the feature film. This add to the unstable pegged release date. Originally, Miyazaki revealed that he wanted to finish the feature film before the 2020 Olympics were held in Tokyo, but so far, this is proving to be an impossible feat.
Miyazaki has been known for hit animes, as well as feature films. Laputa: Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Spirited Away are some of his well-known works. His craft has always been hinged on storyboard creation, something that he’s claimed would be something he’ll do until he passes away. And that’s one of the reasons why this feature film will be a hit.