Monday, March 22, 2010


The 7th Toronto Japanese Short Film Festival brought in a diverse animation program showcasing contemporary Japanese animation that strays from anime and explores different techniques and story structures. The main treat was to watch "La Maison en Petits Cubes" on the big screen. It won the Oscar for best animated short film last year, is beautifully illustrated by Kunio Kato and is totally heart-breaking.

The stop motion work done by Tsuneo Goda (the creator of Domo) is super slick and as detailed as "Wallace and Gromit"'s. The films featuring his fashion-designer cat Komaneko are some of the cutest things I have ever seen. Here's an episode.

And one of the coolest videos in the program was Koichiro Tsujikawa' "Fit Song," a music video dripping with commercial advertising ticks, lyricism and kipple. The rest of the program was equally rich and creative. Can't wait for next year.

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