The Japanese animator is working on a feature film about a caterpillar

Legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki is coming out of retirement to work on a new feature film.

The anime master retired in 2013 after completing what was to be his final film The Wind Rises for Studio Ghibli.

However, Miyazaki appears to have been tempted back into filmmaking for one last movie about “a tiny, hairy caterpillar, so tiny that it may be easily squished between your fingers”.

In a documentary that aired on Japanese TV on Sunday, the director revealed plans for a full-length feature, titled Kemushi no Boro (Boro the Caterpillar), that was originally intended to be a short film for the Ghibli Museum.

According to Anime News Network, Miyazaki was unsatisfied with the short and proposed creating a longer version to Ghibli in August.

The 75-year-old icon said that he has been working on the concept for two decades and that it could take up to five years to finish if given the green light by his former studio. Kemushi no Boro would be Miyazaki’s 12th feature.

Miyazaki is continuing to work on a number of short films for the Ghibli Museum including the Kemushi no Boro short which is due to premiere in 2017.