Hayao Myazaki to Release His First Computer Animated Short While Staying "Retired"

Hayao Miyazaki announced last year that he was retiring from film making but this apparently only applied to feature length efforts. Anime News Network reports that Miyazaki will complete a 10 minute computer animated short that he will screen at the Ghibli museum at an undetermined time in the future. 

Miyazaki has reportedly been working on this short for the last three years and plans to continue making short-form content. This is very strange yet welcome given how famous Miyazaki has been for his hand-drawn 2D animation style. He is quoted in the article as saying "Pencil drawings don't have to go away, but those who continue to use the medium lack talent. So sadly, it will fade away". His transition to computer animation could be seen as a sign of giving in to the current and long-running trend away from 2D animation which is sad but not shocking. 

While no release date is listed I will wait anxiously to see Miyazaki's voice in a more modern animation style. Hopefully he is happy with the final product and will continue to treat audiences to his art even if it won't take as long to watch. Here's to hoping...