Hayao Miyazaki Returns with New Animated Fantasy The Boy and the Heron

Hayao Miyazaki Returns with New Animated Fantasy The Boy and the Heron

Animation legend Hayao Miyazaki has said that he’s been done making movies time and time again, but somehow he still gets back on the saddle and delivers some spectacularly dazzling films. His next movie, The Boy and the Heron is set to release this year, and we just got our first teaser.

Watch the trailer for the film down here:

The description reads:

A young boy named Mahito

yearning for his mother

ventures into a world shared by the living and the dead.

There, death comes to an end,

and life finds a new beginning.

A semi-autobiographical fantasy

about life, death, and creation,

in tribute to friendship,

from the mind of Hayao Miyazaki.

It’s not entirely clear what era the movie is set, but some could immediately think that this would have something to do with post-war Japan; something that’s been returned to the mainstream consciousness thanks to Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer.

Though this does look like it’s drawing from real-world events, the teaser does confirm that we’ll also be in for some more of the signature visuals expected of a Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli film. Amittedly, it has been a decade since the release of Miyazaki’s last film, The Wind Rises. Hopefully Boy and the Heron will be another great entry in Miyazaki’s highly regarded filmography.

With a release date set for December, it’s likely we’ll get to see more of the movie in the next few months before it premieres.

Watch out for The Boy and the Heron when the film releases on Dec. 8.

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