According to Twitch, the legendary animation house Studio Ghibli will be producing new work from co-founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata.
Miyazaki’s next is described as an “autobiography,” but it’s unclear whether that means he’ll be telling his own story on screen or telling someone else’s (although Dick Cheney just had a book out, right?). As for Takahata – in his first project in 12 years – he’ll be telling a classical Japanese story involving a baby found inside a bamboo stalk who turns out to be a princess. We call that the Reverse Moses.
It’s most likely “The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter,” a folktale from the 10th century. That’s speculation based on the description, but if someone else knows their Japanese literature and has a different answer, please feel free to enlighten.
Even if these two announced a joint project about watching paint dry, it would still be exciting. Ghibli is perhaps the most consistent studio on the planet – delivering phenomenal work year after year. Miyazaki and Takahata are the heart of it all, so this is like an all-you-can-revel-in buffet of good news for animation fans.