September 2, 2014
TOKYO (AP) - The Japanese master of whimsical animation, Hayao Miyazaki, has retired before. This time, he says he really means it.
Miyazaki is one of animation's most admired and successful directors. He said Friday that at age 72 he wants to do other things besides slaving away over his drawings to meet feature film deadlines.
The co-founder of Studio Ghibli who won an Oscar in 2003 for his masterful, disturbing critique of modern industrialism in "Spirited Away" said he hopes to work for another decade, but at a slower pace that might allow him to perhaps even take Saturdays off.
Miyazaki has announced plans to retire several times. His studio announced last week that he will stop making feature films.
Among other things, he plans to work on his Ghibli Museum.
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