Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Publishes Catalog of Hayao Miyazaki’s Works

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has announced that it is publishing a catalog of anime director Hayao Miyazaki’s works. The catalog will be available on September 7, 2021 through the Academy Museum Store. DelMonico Books is co-publishing the book, and D.A.P. Artbook is distributing the book worldwide.

The book will feature never-before-seen production artwork from some of Miyazaki’s films, and will be 288 pages long. It will also include a foreword by Studio Ghibli producer and co-founder Toshio Suzuki, as well as contributions by Pixar CCO Pete Docter, film critic Daniel Kothenschulte, and Academy Museum Exhibitions Curator Jessica Niebel.

The catalog is one of three debut catalogs the Academy Museum is planning, alongside similar catalogs for directors Spike Lee and Pedro Almodóvar.

One of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures’ first exhibits will feature the works of Miyazaki, presented in collaboration with Studio Ghibli. The museum plans to screen all of Miyazaki’s films from October 5-November 27, 2021.

The Museum’s website noted that the exhibit will feature original production materials — “some of which have never been seen outside of Studio Ghibli’s archives” — from such films as My Neighbor Totoro (1988) and Spirited Away (2001). In particular, the exhibit will “present more than 200 concept sketches, character designs, storyboards, layouts, cels, backgrounds, film clips, and immersive environments.” The exhibit will have an accompanying print catalogue, film screenings, events, and “unique Studio Ghibli merchandise” at the Museum’s shop.

The Museum as a whole will delve into the 90-year history of the Oscars. It will open at the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles. It will open on September 30, 2021, after a gala on September 25, 2021.

Source: ANN

Oscars’ Academy Museum to Screen All of Hayao Miyazaki’s Films

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has announced that it will screen every film directed by anime filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki from October 5-November 27, 2021.

One of the museum’s first exhibits will feature the works of Hayao Miyazaki, presented in collaboration with Studio Ghibli.

The Museum’s website noted that the exhibit will feature original production materials — “some of which have never been seen outside of Studio Ghibli’s archives” — from such films as My Neighbor Totoro (1988) and Spirited Away (2001). In particular, the exhibit will “present more than 200 concept sketches, character designs, storyboards, layouts, cels, backgrounds, film clips, and immersive environments.” The exhibit will have an accompanying print catalogue, film screenings, events, and “unique Studio Ghibli merchandise” at the Museum’s shop.

The Museum as a whole will delve into the 90-year history of the Oscars. It will open at the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles. It will open on September 30, 2021, after a gala on September 25, 2021.

Source: ANN

World’s Largest Auction of Anime Animation Art Breaks $2.1 Million Record at Heritage

The world’s first auction dedicated to the art of anime set multiple world records at Heritage Auctions, June 25-27, 2021, as bidders drove sale prices of animation cels from the genre’s most iconic and award-winning films to more than $2.1 million.

The Art of Anime and Everything Cool Auction attracted a record 2,853 bidders from around the globe and they were impressed with what they found: The sale boasted sell-through rates of 100 percent by value and 99.8 percent by lots sold. Record-breaking prices were set for collectible cels from films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Kiki’s Delivery ServiceAkira.

“The hits and big moments in this sale came from all over,” Heritage Auctions Animation Art Director Jim Lentz said. “Record breaking prices were seen for lots from Astro Boy, Dragon Ball, Ghost in the Shell, Pokemon, Vampire Hunter D, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and all the films from Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki. We are already planning ‘The Art of Anime and Everything Cool II!'”

Outside of Japan and in English, “anime” is colloquial for Japanese animation and refers specifically to animation produced in Japan. This cornerstone of the inaugural auction was the famed Glad Anime Museum Collection, created by Mike Glad, the photographer and Oscar-nominated film producer who amassed original art by some of anime’s greatest creators.

A perfect cel setup with key master background from My Neighbor Totoro (1988), depicting characters Mei and Satsuki drew 69 bids before it went for $84,000 – nearly 17 times its pre-auction estimate. The hand-painted original production cel setup can be seen at the 48:13 mark of the beloved Studio Ghibli classic. This stunning piece is rendered masterfully and attributed to the acclaimed art director Kazuo Oga, who was challenged by director Hayao Miyazaki to raise his standards for the film.

Also racing far beyond its pre-auction expectations was a production cel setup from Akira, featuring a pulse-pounding scene featuring the character Kaneda (Tokyo Movie Shinsha, 1988), which brought a winning bid of $78,000 against a pre-auction estimate of $5,000. This extremely rare key master setup from the sequence depicting Kaneda on his iconic red motorcycle, can be seen at the 1:52:48 mark of the film and on page 25 of the German Film Institute’s gallery exhibition book Ga-Netchu! The Manga Anime Syndrome. Attributed to art director Toshiharu Mizutani, these vivid and rich futuristic urban backgrounds are a defining feature of the film, and complete Key Master setups like this one are extraordinarily rare.

Bringing the same $78,000 result was Akira Kaneda Production Cel Sequence of 4 with Key Master Pan Background (Tokyo Movie Shinsha, 1988), a hand-painted original production cel sequence presented on its jaw-dropping Key Master pan background from the masterpiece Akira. This incredibly rare sequence, a crown jewel in any anime collection, can be seen on page 52 of the German Film Institute’s gallery exhibition book Ga-Netchu! The Manga Anime Syndrome.

My Neighbor Totoro Mei, Satsuki and Catbus Production Cel Key Master Setup (Studio Ghibli, 1988) prompted 45 bids before it reached $72,000 – nearly 29 times its pre-auction estimate. This cel captures the unforgettable moment from the climactic scenes of the film, in which Satsuki finds her missing sister, Mei, with the help of the Catbus from Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro.

An Akira Kaneda Production Cel Setup with Master Background (Tokyo Movie Shinsha, 1988) drew a winning bid of $63,000 against an estimate of $5,000. The cels are presented on a detailed Master background showcasing an elaborate and futuristic cyberpunk urban sprawl prevalent throughout the film. The background is rendered in gouache on two layers, and the vivid and atmospheric settings and backgrounds of the film are attributed to Toshiharu Mizutani.

Other anime highlights include:

  • My Neighbor Totoro Mei, Chibi-Totoro and Chu Totoro Production Cel with Production Background (Studio Ghibli, 1988): $48,000
  • Akira Kaneda Production Cel (Tokyo Movie Shinsha, 1988): $48,000
  • Akira Kaneda and Kei Production Cel Setup with Key Master Background (Tokyo Movie Shinsha, 1988): $31,2000
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service Kiki Production Cel Setup with Key Master Background (Studio Ghibli, 1989): $30,000

The Art of Anime Auction Brings Genre’s Finest Artwork to Heritage Auctions

Production animation cels and backgrounds from the most critically-acclaimed and culturally-influential anime films, television series and characters to headline a three-day auction event June 25-27, 2021 at Heritage Auctions. The Art of Anime and Everything Cool Auction is the first of its kind held by any major U.S. auction house to pay homage to the craft of anime animation art.

“With 928 lots, this will be the world’s largest auction to feature top-grade anime, manga and even classic American animation,” said Jim Lentz, Director of Animation Art at Heritage. “From feature films to television series, the sale is packed with iconic scenes and characters.”

The auction features top selections from the Glad Anime Museum Collection, created by Mike Glad, the photographer and Oscar-nominated film producer who amassed original art by some of anime’s greatest creators. Unlike any other, the incredible Japanese animation collection has traveled from museum to museum globally and is now one of the single most important anime animation art collections ever brought to market.

One of the prime highlights from the collection is a stunning Akira Kaneda production cel sequence of four on its key master pan background (Tokyo Movie Shinsha, 1988). Measuring 52 inches by 12-1/2″ (132.8cm x 31.75cm), the sequence is a hand-painted masterpiece from the groundbreaking and pivotal anime masterpiece featuring the key character Kaneda in an action-packed motorcycle moment from the climactic and harrowing final scenes of the film.

A close second is an action close-up of Akira’s characters Kei and Kaneda in a production cel setup with key master background, from the Glad Anime Museum Collection. The film is deemed culturally important because it almost singlehandedly brought anime into the limelight for Western audiences with its American release in 1990. Several lots from Akira are on offer in the auction, including more motorcycle scenes.

Auction highlights include important production animation cels used in the making of award-winning feature films and work from the artform’s most respected filmmakers.

Osamu Tezuka

Akira may never have happened if it wasn’t for anime trailblazer Osamu Tezuka, whose Astro Boy series defined the entire artistic movement known as anime beginning in the 1960s. Tezuka, often revered as the “God of Manga,” revolutionized animation in Japan, and used Astro Boy as a conduit to address heavy issues like war and intolerance.

Several examples from the series are on offer including an amazing hand-inked and hand-painted original production cel from the classic Astro Boy series from the mid-1960s. An important model sheet from the same period depicts Astro Boy and additional characters such as Astro Girl, Dr. Packidermus J. Elefun and Victor Percival Pompous.

Hayao Miyazaki

The artwork by the Japanese animator, director, producer, screenwriter, author, and manga artist is well represented.

My Neighbor Totoro Mei, Chibi-Totoro and Chū Totoro production cel (Studio Ghibli, 1988) is from a key scene in the critically-acclaimed Miyazaki-directed animated masterwork. Lead character Totoro is recognized as one of the most popular characters in Japanese animation and the film is regularly ranked high in lists of the most important world films made.

A production cel setup with key master background from Kiki’s Delivery Service (Studio Ghibli, 1989) may be seen at the 1:14:49 mark of the animated feature film. This beautiful, hand-painted original production cel setup of the titular witch Kiki depicts a solemn scene as she wrestles with her self-doubt on her journey to adulthood. The scene captures Miyazaki’s atmospheric, extended quiet moments which set his films apart from all others.

A beautifully executed production cel with production background and animation drawing (Studio Ghibli, 1997) from Miyazaki’s critical and commercial blockbuster Princess Mononoke is on offer from the Glad Museum Collection. Prince Ashitaka is awakened by his steed Yakul in the hand-painted artwork. Seen at approximately the 1:05:51 mark of the film, the cel is likely to spark intense bidder interest for a piece of memorabilia from one of the greatest anime films ever made.

Iconic Characters From Iconic Series

First and foremost, a hand-painted original production cel setup of the eponymous God-like being Genocyber, measures a huge 15-1/2 inches by 12-1/5 inches (39.37cm x 31.75cm). Seen at the 37:34 mark of the first episode. The cyberpunk sci fi/horror Genocyber is perhaps best known for its controversially extreme graphic violence, and as a result it has developed a dedicated cult following since its release.

The Glad Anime Museum Collection gives us a jaw-dropping production cel setup with its key master background from the well-known sci-fi anthology masterpiece Robot Carnival segment titled “Franken’s Gears” (A.P.P.P., 1987). Also from the museum, a spectacular action sequence production cel from Dragon Ball GT (Toei Animation, circa 1989-96) depicting character Piccolo attacking a monster is offered with the animation drawing and layout drawing group of four.

Sailor Moon (Usagi Tsukino), perhaps the most recognizable fictional manga superheroine from the classic hit series of the same name, appears in the auction. A stunning and iconic scene of Sailor Moon narrowly dodging an attack from the wicked tree-like Cardian Leshy (Toei Animation, circa 1992-97) in an astounding and large hand-painted original production cel. A production cel closeup of Sailor Moon (Toei Animation, circa 1992-97) is an eponymous example of the charming, expressive character reactions that define anime’s distinctive style on its key master background.

A fantastic hand-painted original production cel from Mamoru Oshii’s cyberpunk masterpiece Ghost in the Shell (Production I.G, 1995) makes a rare appearance at auction. The highly-influential film was credited by A-list director James Cameron as “the first truly adult animation film to reach a level of literary and visual excellence.” The cel may be seen early in the film at the 12:38 mark.

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:

Ninja Scroll production cel with master background featuring characters Jubei and Kagero (Madhouse, 1993)

A spectacular hand-painted original production cel featuring Ash and his team of adorable pocket monsters from the hit feature film Pokemon: The First Movie (OLM, 1998/2000), depicting characters Pikachu, Squirtle and Bulbasaur is from the Glad Museum Collection.

An intense production cel with production background and animation drawing of the character Gohan, as he’s about to shock everyone with a very memorable transformation into Super Saiyan 2, from the fan favorite series Dragon Ball Z (Toei Animation, c. 1989-96)

Heritage Auctions’ The Art of Anime and Everything Cool Auction is June 25-27, 2021, with worldwide bidding available on HA.com.

Oscars’ Academy Museum to Open on December 14, 2020 with Hayao Miyazaki Exhibit

Actor Tom Hanks announced during the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will open after several delays on December 14, 2020. One of the museum’s first exhibits will feature the works of anime filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, presented in collaboration with Studio Ghibli.

The Museum’s website noted that the exhibit will feature original production materials, “some of which have never been seen outside of Studio Ghibli’s archives,” from such films as My Neighbor Totoro (1988) and Spirited Away (2001). In particular, the exhibit will “present more than 200 concept sketches, character designs, storyboards, layouts, cels, backgrounds, film clips, and immersive environments.” The exhibit will have an accompanying print catalogue, film screenings, events, and “unique Studio Ghibli merchandise” at the Museum’s shop.

Source: ANN

Hayao Miyazaki Will Be Honored With the 2019 Sklar Creative Visionary Award

The annual Sklar Creative Visionary Award will be presented to Academy Award winner Hayao Miyazaki, creator of some of the most beloved animated films in recognition of his commitment to artistic excellence throughout his extensive body of work. Seen as one of the most influential creators of cinematic animation worldwide, Miyazaki has contributed masterfully to the art of storytelling and is an inspiration to animators, directors, and writers everywhere.

The Sklar Creative Visionary Award is presented annually by Ryman Arts to an individual whose distinctive contribution to the creative community and whose leadership in the art world has made a significant impact. Hayao Miyazaki, whose work spans over 50 years, truly exemplifies this award. The artist and director has 10 feature films and 11 television series to his credits and is currently working on a new project at his animation film studio, Studio Ghibli in Tokyo, Japan. Along with many other accolades, Miyazaki was presented with the 2014 Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement along with two Oscar nominations and one win for the 2001 animated film, Spirited Away.

“Ryman Arts is thrilled that the legendary Hayao Miyazaki will be the next recipient of the Sklar Creative Visionary Award. His incredible work has advanced the art of visual storytelling and influenced the entire genre of animation, while inspiring us all. I can’t imagine any other individual who so strongly exemplifies the essence of the visionary creativity which this award celebrates,” stated Phil Hettema, Ryman Arts Board President and President and Creative Executive of The Hettema Group.

The Sklar Award is named in honor of the co-founders of Ryman Arts, Marty and Leah Sklar. The late Marty Sklar was the legendary president of Walt Disney Imagineering. His wife, Leah Sklar is an education advocate and played a key role in defining the mission of Ryman Arts. This Los Angeles based non-profit has engaged over 21,000 youth from diverse communities around Southern California since 1990 and mentored over 6,000 promising art students, helping them prepare for a creative life through college and beyond. Many alumni currently work in positions in the entertainment field. Last year’s Sklar Award recipient, Kevin Feige, and his Marvel Studios creative team, were some of many professional mentors who worked with Ryman Arts students, believing in the mission of giving back to the next generation of artists.

The Sklar Creative Visionary Award will be presented at the annual Ryman Arts dinner and program on October 25, 2019, 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. PDT, Neuehouse, 6121 Sunset Bl., Los Angeles. Tickets will be available to the public and go on sale, September 10, 2019.

Princess Mononoke Arrives in Collector’s Edition Set in Limited Quantities Only on May 14, 2019

Studio Ghibli and GKIDS, with distribution by Shout! Factory, will issue Princess Mononoke in a beautiful collector’s edition release on May 14, 2019. The limited-edition set comes housed in an elegant hard slipcase and includes a new 40-page book with stunning art and essays. Featured in a deluxe disc portfolio will be a Blu-ray™ of the film paired with hours of special features, and the film’s soundtrack made available on CD for the first time in North America. The set is available for pre-order now on ghiblicollection.com.

From the legendary Studio Ghibli, this epic fantasy film is one of the best-selling and internationally renowned films of all time. Princess Mononoke is here presented with a release perfect for collectors and animation fans who have adored the film since its initial release.

The set’s 40-page book features new essays by film critic Glenn Kenny alongside amazing imagery and statements from director Hayao Miyazaki and producer Toshio Suzuki, and Miyazaki’s poems about the characters.

The first animated film to win the Japan Academy Prize for Picture of the Year, Princess Mononoke is Miyazaki’s epic masterpiece that has dazzled audiences worldwide with its breathtaking imagination, exhilarating battles, and deep humanity.

Inflicted with a deadly curse, the young warrior Ashitaka heads west in search of a cure. There, he stumbles into a bitter conflict between Lady Eboshi and the proud people of Iron Town, and the enigmatic Princess Mononoke, a young girl raised by wolves, who will stop at nothing to prevent the humans from destroying her home, and the forest spirits and animal gods who live there. Featuring the voices of Gillian Anderson, Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Minnie Driver, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Billy Bob Thornton.

*2002: Best Animated Feature, Spirited Away

Special Features:

  • Feature-Length Storyboards
  • Original Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • Princess Mononoke in USA
  • Behind the Microphone

Hayao Miayazaki to Receive the Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s Career Achievement Award

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) has announced that it will grant a Career Achievement Award to anime director Hayao Miayazaki. The organization’s annual awards dinner will take place at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City, California on January 12, 2019.

LAFCA president Claudia Puig explained in announcing the honor, “The way in which Miyazaki inspires an audience’s sense of wonder is unmatched. I particularly admire his depiction of self-sufficient, determined and courageous female characters who don’t need saving. He has explained his cinematic approach simply: ‘Any woman is just as capable of being a hero as any man.’ These words resonate more powerfully than ever in our current times.”

Source: ANN

Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki Documentary to Open in U.S. Theaters in December 2018

GKIDS and Fathom Events have announced that they will debut the Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki (Owaranai Hito Miyazaki Hayao) television documentary special in more than 500 United States theaters on Thursday, December 13, 2018 and Tuesday, December 18, 2018. All screenings will be English-subtitled and at 7:30 p.m. local time. Tickets are on sale via GKIDS’ website.

GKIDS describes the documentary as:

In 2013, film director and animator Hayao Miyazaki suddenly announced his retirement at the age of 72. But he couldn’t shake his burning desire to create. After an encounter with young CGI animators, Miyazaki embarked on a new endeavor, his first project ever to utilize CGI. But the artist, who had been adamant about hand-drawn animation, confronted many challenges. The film even faces the danger of being cancelled. Can an old master who thinks he’s past his prime shine once again? This program goes behind the scenes over two years as Miyazaki overcomes struggles to create his short film using CGI.

The documentary premiered on NHK TV in Japan in 2016, and it debuted on the NHK World channel and website with English subtitles in 2017. The Japan Society screened the special in New York in September 2017.

Source: ANN

My Neighbor Totoro Is the First Studio Ghibli Film to Get a Theatrical Release in China

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbor Totoro anime film will be the first film from Studio Ghibli to get a theatrical release in China. The release is planned near the end of 2018, and will feature a Chinese dub. Studio Ghibli plans to release other films in China if the My Neighbor Totoro release is successful.

This year, the film is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its release in Japan.

GKIDS and Fathom Events screened the film in the United States in June 2017. GKIDS also licensed the film and released it on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in North America in October 2017.

Source: ANN