Hayao Miyazaki Documentary Comes To US Theaters

Miyazaki's first attempt at making a CGI short is chronicled in this documentary film.

If you’re a fan of anime, you’ve undoubtably heard the name of Hayoa Miyazaki. The creator of such classic films as Spirited Away, Naussica: Valley of the Wind, Whisper of the Heart, Howl’s Moving Castle, and more is a legend for a reason. Now fans will be able to get insight into the creators mind as Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki comes to U.S. theaters thanks to Fathom Events. On December 13th and 18th, fans will be able to watch a documentary focusing on the famed director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author, and manga artist as he works to create his short film Boro the Caterpillar.

You can watch the trailer for the film below, and read the official summary.

In 2013, Academy Award®-winner Hayao Miyazaki suddenly announced his retirement at the age of 72. But, he can’t shake his burning desire to create. After an encounter with young CGI animators, Miyazaki embarks on a new project (Boro the Caterpillar) to utilize CGI for the first time ever. But the artist, who has been adamant about hand-drawn animation, confronts many challenges that threaten to cancel the film. Can an old master who thinks he’s past his prime shine once again? This program goes behind the scenes over two years as Miyazaki overcomes struggles to create his short film Boro the Caterpillar using CGI.

This is an incredible opportunity for anime fans, especially if you’re interested in the behind-the-scenes side of things. To see a master creator at work, even in his old age? You can’t beat that kind of access and this film looks to have it! Don’t forget to check out this film when it comes to theaters December 13th and December 18th.

Shamus Kelley is a pop culture/television writer and official Power Rangers expert. Follow him on Twitter! Read more articles by him here!