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Wednesday, December 7, 2005

10:35:53 am , 162 words, 871 views     Categories: Animation, Misc, Indie

Country Doctor

Koji Yamamura reports on his blog that he's started on his next film, an adaptation of Franz Kafka's The Country Doctor. He's finished the storyboard and is now working on the layout. The film is due for completion in early 2007. He apparently got the idea from a passing comment from Norstein suggesting he take a stab at Kafka. It's to be 20-30 minutes long. I'm already looking forward to it!

He also mentions the somewhat exciting news that Norstein will apparently be focusing on finishing the first part of The Overcoat over the next few months with the hopeful goal of completion by next year. After spending twenty years on the first part, it seems unlikely that he'll have enough time to finish the second part if it's going to take the same amount of time, but we can always hope.

Yutaka Nakamura did the surfing at the beginning of Eureka 7 33. His touch with smoke, water and other such effects is beautiful.

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Manuloz
Manuloz [Visitor]

So it was Nakamura who did that part, i though at first, it must have been a really hard shot to animate because of the shot angle, drawing a wave from the side…

I could mention there is good street fight on IGPX #9, Yusuke Yoshigaki is one of the first credited in this episode, with Hideki Takashi don’t know about him but he was on this King of Fighter web episode, so he must be good on fighting animation…

I don’t know if you have seen but on ANS or moonphase report that Mamoru hosada is working on Toki Wo Kakeru Shoujo.
But what surprise me was that Sadamoto is suposed to do the chara design :)

12/07/05 @ 11:14
Daniel Thomas
Daniel Thomas [Visitor]

I’m certainly looking forward to this. I happen to be watching Takahata’s 3000 Leagues in Search of Mother (thanks to the excellent Taiwan DVD box set), and as happens with all things Takahata, my appetite for serious, literary animation continues to grow. The sad part of reaching the end of shows like Marco and Anne of Green Gables is knowing that there’s almost nothing else to turn to.

I continue to hold out hope that animation in America will somehow be allowed to grow and mature, but I’m not holding my breath. Just look at the Canadian version of Anne that pops up on PBS every now and then. Yechh.

I’m also excited to hear that Yuri Norstein may finally see the end of his great unfinished work. I’ve all but given up hope of seeing it completed in his lifetime, so this is very good news indeed.

12/08/05 @ 19:15
Random person
Random person [Visitor]

I don’t know if this is really old news by now, but since Country Doctor should be rolling around some time soon…

I saw a link with two screenshots here: http://www.shochikufilms.com/film/detail.php?product_code=574

Can’t wait to see this if it isn’t already out.

02/07/07 @ 08:01
Ben [Member]  

I see Yamamura just wrote on his blog that he just finished the film. Awesome. Should be great. I still haven’t even had the chance to see The Old Crocodile yet and here there’s a new film… Apparently he’s been working like mad on it for the last two months. On top of that he mentions that just in the next two months he’ll be finishing a theatrical ad for Greenpeace and a 2-minute piece. What a hard worker he is.

02/09/07 @ 13:49