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Studio Ghibli’s Future Will Be Decided When Hayao Miyazaki & Toshio Suzuki Are No Longer Around, Says Goro Miyazaki

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At the recent Paris Fan Festival, Goro Miyazaki, director and son of legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki, provided candid insights into the future of Studio Ghibli.

Speaking ahead of receiving an Honorary Palme d’Or on behalf of Ghibli at the 77th Cannes International Film Festival, Goro Miyazaki remarked about the failed generational transitions in Ghibli’s history.

Ultimately, the history of Ghibli is a history of failed generational transitions.”

He recalled that his father first announced his retirement after completing Princess Mononoke in 1997. The creation of the Ghibli Museum was part of this strategy, offering a place for older animators to continue contributing post-retirement.

However, that never came to pass.

Despite numerous attempts to pass the baton, Goro noted that the critical decisions at Studio Ghibli are still predominantly made by Hayao Miyazaki and producer Toshio Suzuki.

He added that the future direction of the studio will be determined once Hayao Miyazaki and producer Toshio Suzuki are no longer around.

He said he would retire, and that all the older animators should retire too. He offered the Ghibli Museum as a place for them to work after retirement, saying they should all retire together. It was a bit of unwelcome meddling, though (laughs). In the end, it didn’t turn out that way. From then on, we repeatedly discussed how to pass the baton, but even now, it’s still Hayao Miyazaki and producer Toshio Suzuki who are in charge. They make most of the important decisions for the studio. So, what will happen? I think we’ll figure it out once those two are no longer around (laughs),”

Previously, Toshio Suzuki had revealed that Miyazaki’s The Boy And The Heron will not be his swan song, and that he is currently working on a new film.

Studio Ghibli, established in 1985, flourished under the co-leadership of Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki. Their first collaboration came with the 1986 release of Castle in the Sky, based on Miyazaki’s manga. However, Spirited Away, released in 2001, stands as the pair’s most notable film, achieving international acclaim and popularity.

Other notable works of the pair include – Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo etc.

Studio Ghibli became the first ever studio to be awarded with Cannes’ Honorary Palme d’Or, marking the first time the honor has been awarded to a group rather than an individual.

Source: Yahoo Japan

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