“Never-Ending Man” Hayao Miyazaki Creation Documentary Available April 30 from GKIDS and Shout! Factory

GKIDS and Shout! Factory have announced the release of the documentary feature Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki, available in a Blu-ray/DVD Combo on April 30. Offering a new look at the rarely-interviewed filmmaker as he faces the challenges of working with unfamiliar CGI technology to create a new short film, Never-Ending Man focuses on Academy Award-winning film director and animator Hayao Miyazaki’s sudden 2013 announcement of his retirement at the age of 72. But he can’t shake his burning desire to create, and after an encounter with young CGI animators, Miyazaki embarks on a new project to utilize CGI for the first time ever. Yet the artist, who has been adamant about hand-drawn animation, confronts many challenges that threaten to cancel the film. Can an old master who thinks he’s past his prime shine once again? Filmed over two years as Miyazaki overcomes struggles to create his short film Boro the Caterpillar, this release includes both the full-length 70-minute documentary in Japanese with English subtitles as well as a 48-minute broadcast version with English narration and alternate footage.