Hayao Miyazaki is currently looking for young animators to work on what seems to be his final movie. The anime and film legend is coming out of retirement to do a new movie, and fans are excited. Ghibli has been known to halve a great talent pool, but why is Ghibli hiring now? It turns out that they dismissed almost 200 animators working for them.
An unnamed film industry writer well-informed on anime matters has informed Livedoor News that when Ghibli released When Marnie Was There back in 2014, they slowed down their animation production and dismissed those workers. He also informed the Japanese news site that those very dismissed animators are now working for Studio Ponoc, which was founded by former Ghibli producer, Yoshiaki Nishimura.
He also said that “Ghibli may not be able to lure all of these animators back to work on Miyazaki’s new film, which could explain why Ghibli is essentially holding open auditions by specifically mentioning in its want ad that that no prior animation industry experience is required.”
But even with that being said, and with the new animators and all, don’t count the great Hayao Miyazaki out yet! There’s a reason why he won that Academy Award folks, and why he’s such a legend in the industry.
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source: Sora News 24