Now there is a Totoro worm. Maybe you have a dog or a cat named Totoro but did you find and name a species of worm after Hayao Miyazaki’s fan-favorite character? I didn’t think so. Researchers have detailed the discovery and naming of a new species of velvet worm, found in Vietnam. Thanks to some specific physical characteristics, the creature is named after Totoro. Read More »
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If you’re in the continental US, it’s hard to get closer to Japan than San Francisco. That makes the Bay City the perfect place for artist Joshua Budich‘s first solo show Otaku Obscura, a tribute to the art of Japanese animation. Opening October 4 at Spoke Art in San Francisco, Budich has created 28 brand new prints based on some of the most famous and popular anime of all time. Films like Akira, My Neighbor Totoro, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Ghost in the Shell, Princess Mononoke and Cowboy Bebop.
Below, we’ve got just some of the gorgeous pieces of Joshua Budich anime art that’ll appear in the show including a /Film exclusive. Check them out below. Read More »
Every great hero needs a signature mode of transportation. A huge muscle car, a distinctive motorcycle, or maybe a spaceship that looks like a hamburger. Whatever their pleasure, the latest art exhibit by the Hero Complex Gallery has got it covered. The show is called Righteous Rides…And the Dudes Who Drive Them and it will open May 3 in Los Angeles, CA.
Artists have made posters and paintings based on the “righteous rides” in films such as Flight of the Navigator, Akira, Star Wars, My Neighbor Totoro, Skyfall, Bullitt, Up, Spaceballs, District 9, Easy Rider, the Dukes of Hazzard and so much more. Check out a small sample of the show below. Read More »
We’ve got two art shows to tell you about today. One is movie specific, second is more subtle and pop culture centric, both are very cool.
First, tied in with this weekend’s huge new release, Disney is releasing some Oz the Great and Powerful art by Joey Chou at their WonderGround Gallery at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, CA. The gallery will also have a bunch of props from the film on display.
Next up, Los Angeles’s Gallery 1988 is opening their latest show, Product Placement, on March 9. It features works based on different products in movies and TV. What does that mean? Well how about Dapper Dan in O’Brother Where Art Thou, Oceanic 815 in Lost, Shark Repellent in Batman, Neo Tokyo Customs in Akira, Morrie’s Wigs in Goodfellas and much, much more. Check images out below. Read More »
An Olly Moss print release has become an event of epic proportions. Lines around the block, thousands of people manically mashing their F5 buttons, angry tweets from people who weren’t able to buy one. Moss is one of the most popular artists working today and, if you read /Film regularly, you’re aware of his incredible talents. Mondo has now put those talents to work on an even more exciting announcement. The poster boutique will start releasing posters for the gorgeous and influential films of Studio Ghibli and the first poster, by Moss, is for Hayao Miyazaki‘s classic My Neighbor Totoro. Totoro, along with many other Miyazaki and Ghibli films, are getting 35mm re-releases in theaters soon.
Check out Moss’ new poster, find out how to get one and read more about Mondo’s latest. Read More »
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The new trailer for Toy Story 3 hit the web yesterday. If you haven’t watched it yet, watch it now here! As you probably know, I’m an obsessive Pixar fanatic and love finding all of the little easter eggs that the animators/designers hide in the films. In the past we’ve taken a look at the easter eggs in Pete Docter‘s Up, Andrew Stanton‘s WALL-E and Brad Bird‘s Ratatouille. So I thought we’d take a look at the new trailer and see what easter eggs we could find (with the help of director Lee Unkrich‘s tweets).
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An exhibition/auction is being held to support the non-profit organization, “Totoro No Furusato National Fund”, which was established by Oscar winning filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki.The benefit auction, which will be held at the Pixar Animation Studios campus in Emeryville, CA on September 6th 2008, will feature more than 200 pieces of original art from some really incredible arts from the worlds of Animation comic books, illustration and the fine arts. The art from the show will be published in a book which will also be available on September 6th. You can check out some of the art now on totoroforestproject.org. Tickets to the event start at $100, 40% of which is tax deductible.
The above piece is by Pete Docter, director of Monsters Inc and Up. The piece below is by Peter Sohn, a Pixar animator who provided the voice of Emile in Ratatouille.
“Anime is one of the most influential forms of contemporary art today. Among Japanese masters of animation, Hayao Miyazaki is undoubtedly the most popular and respected. The storytelling, visual approach and philosophical depth of his films have made a massive impact in the world of filmmaking Today. Many prominent animation and illustration artists in the world proudly recognize Miyazaki’s strong influence and inspiration on their own work.This project gives the opportunity to the artists involved to voice their appreciation for master filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki and the inspiration he has given them through the years.“
The above piece is by Paul Topolos, a concept artist known for his work in Ratatouille, The Incredibles, Star Wars: Episode II, and a bunch of the Star Wars video games of the late 1990′s. Below is an acrylic and paper collage by Pixar production artist Nate Wragg (remember the end title sequence on Ratatouille? That was Wragg).
“Hayao Miyazaki has been actively pursuing the preservation of Sayama Forest for more than ten years. This 8750 acre park in the outskirts of Tokyo is also known as Totoro Forest. It’s in these woods in fact that the concept for the film “My Neighbor Totoro” was born. In the past few decades, the forest has been subject to urban development. Only continued support to the Totoro Trust Fund can help preserve this much needed island of green in the midst of Tokyo’s urban sprawl. We intend to donate the entire proceeds of the project to this worthy cause. This event can also be a symbolic gesture, sending a strong message to the world in terms of environmental and social awareness. Imagine artists from all over the world coming together to donate artwork to help conserve a forest they have never seen.”
Also, a selection of the auction’s artwork will be featured as a special exhibition at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco running from September 20th to December 7th 2008. And finally, below is a pencil drawing be Mike Lee, an animator at Disney television animation.
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