Toshio Suzuki Clarifies Studio Ghibli's Plans for Future in Animation
Mass hysteria was created online last week when some quotes out of Japan last week seemed to indicate that the legendary animation house Studio Ghibli was closing down. However, those remarks were clarified later that day by Toshio Suzuki as meaning that the studio would be taking a break from movies for a while, and would end up "housecleaning" and "restructuring" a little bit before they figured out what they were going to do next. Now Variety has word from Suzuki again, appearing on NHK morning show Asa Ichi, about what's really going on at Studio Ghibli and what fans can expect from them down the road. Read on!
His comments are vague, but here's what Suzuki told the morning show:
We’re changing the way we make (animation). … 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.
And there's even more good news for fans as Suzuki says that Hayao Miyazaki, who was said to be retiring after The Wind Rises, may still have something in the works. Suzuki told the morning show, "[Hayao Miyazaki] may make something again. This is my guess, but I’m thinking it will be something short.” He went on to explain that Miyazaki had talked to him about making a short film for the Ghibli Musuem in Tokyo, so this may not be something you'll get to see unless you're in Japan, much like the My Neighbor Totoro short called Mei and the Kittenbus. Anyway, at least animation fans can take solace in knowing that Studio Ghibli isn't going anywhere for now, and just want to assess themselves creatively. Cool?