Sometimes, it’s difficult to take Hayao Miyazaki at his word. The legendary animator has threatened to retire at several points in the past, first assuring his many fans that 1997’s Princess Mononoke would be his last movie, then 2001’s Spirited Away, and then a couple more times after that. He always ended up returning to work, but his latest commitment to depriving audiences of wonder and magic seemed more serious, saying the grueling process of making an animated movie had become increasingly difficult for someone of his 72 years. But now, longtime Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki has said that Miyazaki “may make something again,” proving that you just can’t trust anyone.
“This is my guess, but I’m thinking it will be something short,” said Suzuki, revealing that Miyazaki has talked to him about making a short film for the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Toyko. Suzuki also clarified some of his earlier remarks regarding the potential shutdown of Studio Ghibli, the animation house that has turned out Miyazaki’s movies for nearly 30 years. “We’re changing the way we make [animation],” Suzuki said. “We wanted to make a dream company. We thought we would make what suited us and not make what didn’t suit us. We were able to realize [that dream] to some extent and we’re very happy about that. But now we’re at a point where we’ve got to think about what we’ll do next.” His comments were fairly vague, but a little bit of Miyazaki is better than none at all.