As we wait for Hayao Miyazaki’s return to making feature-length films, the animation legend is also returning with a Ghibli animation short. Titled “Kemushi no Boro” or “Boro the Caterpillar,” the film will serve as Miyazaki’s first 3DCG anime. And during the “Studio Ghibli Dai Hakurankai” event, Ghibli chairperson, Koji Hoshino revealed that the anime will premiere in 2018.

Previously, Ghibli producer, Toshio Suzuki, promised that the film will premiere July 2017. However, it seems that did not push through, and the studio pushed it to next year. As previously announced, the short film will debut in the Ghibli Museum as an exclusive anime short.

The 2016 NHK special, Owaranai Hito Miyazaki Hayao, previously took a look at Miyazaki as he worked on the anime. The program revealed that the Academy Award-winning director first struggled with shifting to 3D from the traditional animation style. However, Miyazaki managed to pull through, and learned a lot.

The program also revealed that Miyazaki was already planning to go out of retirement and do feature films again. Now, a year later, we know he’s also working on the Kimi-tachi wa Dou Ikiru ka (How Do You Live?) feature film. The  Oscar winner also confirmed that he will be releasing it within 3-4 years.

Source: Chuuou Nippou