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lmageboard, My Neighbour Totoro (1988), by Hayao MiyazakiCourtesy of Studio Ghibli, Academy Museum

Here’s a first look at the upcoming Hayao Miyazaki retrospective

Featuring previously unseen storyboards from My Neighbour Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle, and more

A retrospective on the life and work of legendary Japanese animator and Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki is coming to the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures next year.

Opening on April 30, 2021, the exhibition will mark the grand opening of the Academy Museum. In collaboration with Studio Ghibli, it will feature over 300 objects from the director’s career, including hand-drawn storyboards, character designs, posters, and film clips. Many of the objects featured in the exhibit have never been seen outside of Japan.

“It is an immense honor that Hayao Miyazaki is the inaugural temporary exhibition at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures,” said Ghibli co-founder and producer Toshio Suzuki in a statement.

“Miyazaki’s genius is his power of remembering what he sees. He opens the drawers in his head to pull out these visual memories to create characters, landscapes, and structures that are bursting with originality. It is our hope that visitors will be able to experience the entire scope of Hayao Miyazaki’s creative process through this exhibition. I am deeply grateful to all those who have been instrumental in presenting this exhibition.”

Accompanying the exhibition will be the publication of a 256-page catalogue that takes the reader on an “illustrated journey through the filmmaker’s extraordinary cinematic worlds”. The book includes production materials from Miyazaki’s early TV work and all 11 feature films.

Check out some of the previously unseen storyboards in the gallery above. And watch a free, four-part documentary on Miyazaki here.