For Japanese animation lovers, Studio Ghibli is the Mecca of great cinema, series and shorts. And its co-founder Hayao Miyazaki a demi god, a masterful storyteller and animation artist, somebody who they would like to see going on and on even though he is ageing and would like to hang up his pencils. Miyazaki has announced his retirement six times but fans have pulled him back in the game. The last one was in 2013, which saddened his followers worldwide.
One of them is French animator Dono. So moved was he that he has gone ahead and created a short 3:24 minute tribute to Miyazaki and posted it on Vimeo two days ago. The video is getting rave reviews in the blogosphere.
It features characters from Hayao’s films and is made up with the blend of 2D animation and 3D environment. The video has extracted clips and characters from Spirited Away to My Neighbor Totoro, Porco Rosso, Kiki’s Delivery Service and My Neighbor Totoro among many others. And it has been made using Blender, Gimp, Octane and Natron software and has a beautiful piano piece by Joe Hisaishi.
Miyazaki is known for putting deep messages in his films which are often populated by strong female protagonists.
Retirement has not been able to keep him away from creating once again. Miyazaki is currently working on a 10 minute animated short named Kemushi no Boro (“Boro the Caterpillar”) which will be screened exclusively at the Studio Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo. Unlike Hayao Miyazaki’s previous works in which both traditional (hand-drawn) animation and CG animation were used, it will be the first time that this short will be produced using only the CG technique and will take around three years to get released.