THE BOY AND THE HERON | Official Teaser Trailer

THE BOY AND THE HERON | Official Teaser Trailer

From Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli
In theatres nationwide and IMAX December 8

An official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and New York Film Festival (NYFF)
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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.

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48 Responses

  1. Sam Alex says:

    The animation quality looks like a step up even from the usual Ghibli productions! No wonder it took seven years to make. Gorgeous.

  2. Kari says:

    Those 2 seconds of the heron flying past the boy are so stunning. You can tell someone spent a considerable amount of time studying the movement of this bird before animating it. But I expect nothing less from Miyazaki and his team.

    • UltraSvenLP says:

      You’re right the heron flies with the S-curvature in his neck. Something that’s different in storks for example.

    • Kauan Henrique says:

      I like the old ladies scene

    • Kari says:

      @Kauan Henrique Same here! I love how they almost give off something animalistic gathering at the end of that narrow hallway. Just striking.

    • Mrfailstandstil says:

      *”Anime is a prime example of why two nukes just wasn’t enough.” – Hayao Miyazaki, Director of Studio Ghibli*

    • Fajar Kurniawan says:

      I watch a documentary about him directed his first 3D animation. He supervised the CGi artist doing a baby caterpillar hatched from the egg. Everytime Mr Miyazaki asked for a change, the eye movement (the eyes are opening to fast), the head movement (not enough confusion) how the eyes open and look around the surrounding for the first time. So many revisions, I can see the stress from the CGi artist and he almost give up.
      But the end result is amazing.
      In the end of the documentary, Hayao Miyazaki decided to stick with 2D animation 😂

  3. Julian “Jules” R says:

    It feels like a huge mixture of all Hayao’s movies, like it feels like a mixture of Spirited Away, The Wind Rises, and Howl’s Moving Castle.

  4. Kodami says:

    Hayao Miyazaki is honestly one of the greatest visionaries in the animation space. His work has such a special and irreplaceable quality that’s unique just to him. I can already tell this movie is gonna be great.

  5. Kira1Lawliet says:

    I’ve never felt such a deep mixture of wonder, excitement, and dread from a trailer before. Knowing that this is Miyazaki’s last film (although he has “retired” multiple times in the past, so we can’t be certain this will truly be his last one, but it looks pretty final to me) gives me such a painful stab of nostalgia knowing that his career is coming to an end. It makes me reflect on how old I am, being almost 30 and having loved his movies since I was a child. I’m actually afraid for this movie, because I don’t want to know that it’s all coming to an end. Too many things and too many legends from my childhood have either passed on or transformed into something tawdry or unrecognizable, and I don’t know if I can say farewell to Miyazaki. This is going to be amazing, but it’s going to hurt so bad.

    • 0l 3 says:

      The studios of some of Japan’s finest animation directors, including Mamoru Hosoda, Hideaki Anno, and Hiromasa Yonebayashi, also participated in the production, and it was deeply moving to see three people who were once taught by Hayao Miyazaki assist in his final work.
      These messages to succeeding animation artists are embedded in the work, and I felt that Hayao Miyazaki strongly wanted to pass the baton to someone else.

    • Hiei Oni says:

      It’s sad but I always have hope that there will be other people taking up the mantle after Miyazaki truly retires, just like Miyazaki taking up the mantle after Osamu Tezuka was gone. There will be new talents who rise up and continue the anime passion people like Miyazaki left behind, and I can’t wait to see those anime yet to come.

      So don’t be sad it ends (for Miyazaki), be happy it started.

  6. SampleText says:

    Seeing this trailer got me a bit emotional. I grew up watching Studio Ghibli since I was a little kid. It’s hard to face that all things must come to an end.

    • Melinda Day says:

      I agree 😢❤

    • marcos says:

      the studio is not ending is just the last movie from Miyazaki

    • IZA NAN says:

      I know what you mean. 😢

    • Hari Vyas says:

      ⁠@marcosThat’s basically like saying Apple is still going to make iphones but Steve jobs is not gonna be the mind behind it. Miyazaki is the real visionary and mastermind , a true backbone to studio ghibli and he’s the main reason there’s a feeling of that magic in each one of these incredible movies , it’s good news that studio ghibli is not shutting down but Miyazaki has the real Midas touch & it probably won’t be the same without him 😢😔 All good things must come to an end someday , atleast he has given us countless masterpieces to rewatch over and over and cherish and appreciate his hard work and genius 💯♥️

  7. Gabriel Ortiz says:

    I sure hope this movie wins the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. Miyazaki deserves it for his legacy.

  8. Elena Velasco Animation says:

    Wonderful! You can see Miyazaki’s legacy in every shot, the things he likes to tell and animate. Thanks to the master for keeping traditional 2D alive

  9. VincentVanBro says:

    As a 35 year old adult that grew up with Miyazaki films, this feels like the perfect theme for a final film. Death and life.

  10. badal saibo says:

    Finally I can witness a Studio Ghibli movie on big screen. A legend, my favourite filmmaker. Released the trailer on an auspicious day. Best wishes to everyone who worked on this.

    • ominoustomato says:

      If you’re located in the US, the Regal Cinema theatre company does a ghibli festival and airs them in theatres for limited times. I got to see Nausicaa in the original Japanese and it was incredible.

    • LegitPancake says:

      Actually most theater chains in the US participate in Ghibli festival via Fathom Events.

    • Luis says:

      @ominoustomatoI saw Totoro, Howls Castle, Spirited Away, Kiki all in theaters the last 1.5 years. I even saw Tokyo GodFathers one day. This weekend I’m seeing Perfect Blue.

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