For many, Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki is known as Japan's Walt Disney, both for his lovable, open-hearted demeanour and the devastatingly beautiful, animated films he has made (My Neighbour Totoro and Spirited Away among them).

 

So when the Academy Award-winning master animator and filmmaker announced his retirement in 2013, it was news that was met with great sadness. And that was when filmmaker Kaky Arakawa started filming.

Watch the trailer for the new documentary on Studio Ghibli's Hayao Miyazaki

A celebration of Miyazaki's life and his legacy, Arakawa's documentary, "Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki" follows the  then-73-year-old through the struggles of retirement, stepping away from his passion and into finding a new one: CGI. It's since been confirmed by Studio Ghibli that Miyazaki has come out of retirement and is working on a new feature film, so it's not all bad news.

Watch the trailer below:

 

Watch the trailer for the new documentary on Studio Ghibli's Hayao Miyazaki