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When Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement from feature filmmaking in 2013 by saying “this time is for real,” you would have been forgiven for rolling your eyes, safe in the knowledge that a new one wouldn’t be too far away. Indeed, the writing was on the wall just a few months later when he admitted he would “continue making anime until I die.”

Then, last winter, Miyazaki said the short film he was making for Studio Ghibli (Kemushi no Boro aka Boro the Caterpillar) should probably be a full-length movie. Now it’s official: Miyazaki has commenced working on a full-length film.

Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki revealed the news at a pre-Oscars interview for The Red Turtle (which Studio Ghibli co-produced and which is nominated for Best Animated Feature). It was then confirmed by a correspondent for Kyodo News, one of Japan’s largest news agencies.

The film, Boro the Caterpillar, was originally a computer-generated short film made for the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo. Miyazaki himself described it as the tale of “a tiny, hairy caterpillar, so tiny that it may be easily squished between your fingers.” Check out clips of Miyazaki working on the movie below, and stay tuned for more information.

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  • Source: Kotaku
  • Main & Featured Image: Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty Images
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