First CartoonBrew notices some weird relationship issues between master animator Hayao Miyazaki and his son Goro
Miyazaki as detailed in this Reuter’s article. Now we learn that the elder Miyazaki has launched the work on his next animated feature. Earthsea, the son’s picture, is scheduled to be released in 2007 and his father’s film in 2008.
Do I sense the beginning of a healthy rivalry?
No, I don’t think so. Tales of Earthsea was already released in Japan this year (2006), with Miyazaki’s next movie to be put out in 2008. The release dates referred to are U.S. release dates, which actually don’t figure that much into the larger scheme of Studio Ghibli’s plans.
I think it’s more a deal with the studio itself. Tales of Earthsea was taken from Miyazaki and given to his son, according to rumor, as a result of increasing concern among the producers over Miyazaki’s age and health. They are worried that once Miyazaki really retires, no one will be able to carry on his legacy. So I doubt it’s a case of rivalry (the negative reviews that Tales of Earthsea received seem to attest to that), and more a matter of finding a successor to the studio.