Initially daily but now sporadic blog about anime and world animation with a specific focus on the artists behind the work. Written by Ben Ettinger.
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Sunday, July 10, 2005

10:37:04 pm , 32 words, 1411 views     Categories: Mind Game

Masaaki Yuasa interview from Montreal

All right, here's the first one. The Montreal Mirror interviews Masaaki Yuasa in their writeup of the first week of the Montreal Fantasia film festival, which gives top billing to Mind Game.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

06:43:12 pm , 231 words, 1546 views     Categories: Animation

Buta

Link: http://www.lebuta.com/

Arriving in a timely fashion immediately after my viewing of Telecom's new show is a nice little news item about an interesting new French project called Buta headed by Christophe Ferreira. As a perusal of the site www.lebuta.com recently put together by Tsuka of Catsuka will make obvious, he's got loads of talent, and great taste. A big fan of the classic Toei Doga films, early Telecom and generally that whole Tomonaga Kazuhide/Yasuo Otsuka/Hayao Miyazaki vibe of the 70s that remains so irresistible after all these years, he went out of his way to go study directly under Otsuka, Tomonaga et al. at Telecom in Japan for a year, and I love the way he's integrated the whole look of that era into his own unique visual world. For a long time I've wanted to see something from Telecom that went back to those roots, and his image boards for Buta seem to take me there. Who better, then, than Telecom to adapt his concept to the screen? Reportedly Yasuo Otsuka was supportive when he met him in Japan, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that everything works out and this project gets picked up. Currently the site is only available in French, but the art alone is well worth a visit. A word of support in his guestbook while you're there would no doubt be appreciated.