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Hayao Miyazaki Teaming With Yuhei Sakuragi to Make ‘Boro’

TOKYO – Animation maestro Hayao Miyazaki is teaming with CG animator Yuhei Sakuragi to make a short film, Miyazaki’s first animation since his 2013 feature “The Wind Rises,” Japanese media reports.

A previously announced project, the as-yet untitled short is set for screenings at a museum in Tokyo dedicated to the work of Studio Ghibli, the animation house Miyazaki co-founded in 1985. Following his September 2013 retirement from feature filmmaking, Miyazaki said that the short would be made using CG and about the adventures of a hairy caterpillar named Boro that he previously sketched in 1995

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Appearing on the Nico Nico video portal site on Sept. 21, Sakuragi revealed that he was working with Miyazaki on the Boro project. He will presumably help Miyazaki, who stayed with traditional 2D hand-drawn animation throughout his career, make the leap to CG. Whether the film will be fully 3D and CG or have a hand-drawn look made with the aid of CG technology, is not yet known.

Steve N’ Steven, a production house with extensive CG animation expertise launched in 2011 by ad agency giant Hakuhodo and Hakuhodo DY Media Partners, is reportedly participating in the making of the film.

Sakuragi’s latest project, “Neon Genesis Impacts,” is the 32nd in a series called Japan Animator Expo — original short animations presented weekly on the Nico Nico site in collaboration with site operator Dwango and Studio Khara, the animation house founded by long-time Miyazaki friend and colleague Hideaki Anno.

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