It’s time for a report on everyone’s favorite feuding father and son directing duo: Hayao and Goro Miyazaki, the former the legendary director of Spirited Away and the latter a new-but-promising addition to the world of animation.
Pops Miyazaki is in the news because the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has decided to award the director an honorary Oscar for this long and storied career, which came to an end with the announcement of his retirement last year.
Miyazaki’s Spirited Away won the award for Best Animated Feature in 2003.
The award will be presented at next year’s Academy Awards, though it’s not clear whether Miyazaki himself will attend. He skipped put on the Oscars in 2003, and even missed tea with the emperor last year.
Goro Miyazaki, meanwhile, is in the director’s chair again, but surprisingly not on a Ghibli film. He’s directing the CG-animated series Ronia the Robber’s Daughter, which is set to premiere on October 11. The cast for Ronia, which is based on a Swedish fantasy book, was announced this week and includes Haruka Shiraishi (From Up On Poppy Hill), Takaaki Seki (Moryo no Hako) and Yukari Nozawa (Tenchi Muyo GXP). A trailer for the series hit the web last month.