Miss Hokusai Review

Miss Hokusai is a 2015 anime film about the life and works of Japanese artist Ukiyo-e and painter Katsushika Hokusai. The movie is as seen from the eyes of his daughter, Katushika O-Ei. The origin of this anime is based off of a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hinako Sugiura.  The manga is a collection of short stories that are not connected. The original run of the mange was from 1983 to 1987. The anime movie was released on May 9, 2015 with critical acclaimed reviews. It won the Jury Award the 39th Annecy International Animated Film Festival.  It received its North American premier at the Fantasia International Film Festival between July 12 and August 5, 2015.Which it won the Gold Audience Award for best animated feature film. It also won Best Animated Film Award at the Mainichi Film Awards.
G KIDS expanded the movie in over 85 theaters  over weekend in the month of October . The movie runs around 90 minutes and was directed by Keiichi Hara. Keiichi Hara is known for his work on Crayon Shin-Chan, Doraemon and 21 emon. The story was written by Miho Maruo and produced by Production I.G. The movie is rated Pg 13 for some sexual tension.
I probably would have enjoyed this movie a lot more if I invested some time in reading the manga. After seeing this movie I already am trying to get a copy of the manga series. Going into this movie I expected a long story about the artist and his life. What I did not expect was a collection of short stories from these artist and what they experienced. The story is linear but there are many stories intertwined to get a feel of the characters and their backgrounds. I absolutely loved the traditional art and with studying art history in the past I enjoyed the many  mediums they used. I also enjoyed the references of Hokusaias, Great Wave off Kanagawa  and a few other prints he did.  I would have liked to see more story background about the father, Hokusai. I thought the ending was a little abrupt but I enjoyed the short stories and illustration of the movie. The illustration was certainly not a disappointed and it kept the story interesting. I do expect this movie to make the top 10 finalist for best animation at the Academy Awards but I don’t think I expect to see this movie make the top five at the Academy Awards for best animation. Overall I give this movies story a 3 out of 5 woodblock prints.

2016: World Festival of Animated Film

The 12th edition of The World Festival of Animated Film will be held in Varna, Bulgaria between September 7 to September 11, 2016.

WFAF-poster-2016_150resAgain the Festival and Congress Centre halls in our sea capital will host a variety of animated events. The competition program s in five categories and Panorama will present the best and latest of the animated world. An extended version of the traditional children workshop will let our little guests experience what it is to make an animated film. Specialized lectures, master-classes, screenings of student films from universities from around the world, programs from guest-festivals, documentaries, exhibitions and lots more in September!
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2016 Annecy Awards

The Annecy International Animation Film Festival was created in 1960 and takes place at the beginning of June in the town of Annecy, France. Initially occurring every two years, the festival became an annual event in 1998. It is one of the four international animated film festivals sponsored by the Association Internationale du Film d’Animation (or ASIFA, the International Animated Film Association). The festival is a competition between cartoon films of various techniques (animated drawings, cut-out papers, modelling clay, etc.) The competition is classified in various categories; feature Films, short films, films produced for television and advertising, student films and films made for the internet. The features, many of which are co-productions, originate from 14 different countries: Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Japan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, and the United States2016_affiche-home-annecyorg_07
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Boy And The World

Boy & the World also known as O Menino e o Mundo is a 2013 Brazillian film directed by Ale Abreu. The films music is by Ruben Feffer and Gustavo Kurlat. The film was recently released in December 11, 2015 in the United States. It’s running time is a 80 minutes with a budget of 500,000 dollars.  350a7f5ee27d22dbe36698b10930ff96_500x735
Cuca’s, a small boys life is shattered when his father leaves for the city, prompting him to embark on a quest to reunite his family. The boy’s journey unfolds like a tapestry, and his wonderful new films animation takes on greater complexity and variety as his small world expands. The movie takes you on a journey of emotions and political views. The stunning visuals are enhanced by rich soundscape of samba and Brazilian hip hop, creating the powerful vsceral experience of a passage through life.

The films worldwide premiere occured at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. It won the honourable mention for best animated feature. It also earned an honorable mention at the Festival do Rio and won the Youth Award at the Mostra de Cinema de Sao Paulo. At Annecy International Animated film Festival for Best Feature film. In 2015, at Animafest Zagreb the film won the Grand Prix for the feature film.

Concept art from FLAVIO REMONTTI


Long Way North (2015)

Long Way North is an animated feature developed by director Remi Chaye. Remi Chaye has worked on the storyboards of, The Secret of Kells and was assistant director of Le Tablueau. Writers include Claire Paoletti and Patricia Valeix. The production includes Sacrebleu Productions that has worked on numerous stories and movies from children to adult. Long Way North, is a French film that that was released at Annecy Film Festival in 2015. The movie is about 90 minutes long and has a 7.8 out of 10 rating on IMDb.

tumblr_lygy1xDiHw1r0c5dxo1_1280The story details of a young girl located in St. Petersburg in 1892 named Sasha. Sasha is a young Russian aristocrat that has always been fascinated by the adventurous life of her late grandfather, Oloukine. He was a renowned explorer, designer de son splendid Arctic ship, the Davaï, but never came back from his last expedition to conquer the North Pole. Now, his name Is being tarnished and her family is disgraced. To save the families honor, Sasha runs away. Going a long way North, she rushes in the footsteps of her grandfather to find the famous ship.

The movie once again appeared at Annecy in 2015 and uses a 2D computer technique. Distribution includes Diaphana Distribution. Music includes Jonathan Morali as of recently is known for the Life is Strange soundtrack. Sound is from Regis Diebold, Mathieu Z’Graggen and Florent Lavallee. Editing includes Benjamin Massoubre with a voice cast including Christa Theret, Audrey Sable, Remi Caillebot, Thomas Sagols and Feodor Atkine. A release date for the movie has not yet been confirmed but we should be hearing great things from this film once it’s release date is revealed.