Mexican director Guillermo del Toro echoed Hayao Miyazaki’s words when asked about his attitude towards animation created by artificial intelligence. Del Toro said it was “an insult to life itself.” This is how Miyazaki described mechanical animation in an interview in 2016.
“I love art created by people. It’s my turn And I’m not interested in illustrations made by machines. I talked to Dave McKean, a great artist. He told me that his best hope is that the AI can’t draw,” Del Toro was quoted as saying by Variety.
The director added that “AI can interpolate information, but it can never capture the feeling, expression, or smoothness of a human face.” For example, in del Toro’s Pinocchio, the stop-motion animation was created by hand.
Hayao Miyazaki has a similar position. After watching the animation created by the AI, he stated, “Whoever creates these things has no idea what pain is. I’m disgusted. If you really want to do creepy stuff, you can go ahead. But I would never want to use this technology in my work. I feel strongly that this is an insult to life itself.”
Earlier, Studio Ghibli announced a new project directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The animated film was called “How do you live.” It will open in theaters in Japan on July 14, 2023.