There’s a big love for Japanese animation. Some of the most detailed, imaginative work has poured out of Japan and one studio that stands above the rest for its warmth and compassion is the world renown, Studio Ghibli.
With the release of the studios first CG animated film, ‘Earwig and the Witch’, NGON wanted to consider the possiblities of recreating some of their most cherished family movies that so many generations had fallen in love with.
NGON wanted to create these remakes with not only scenes taken from the films to pay tribute, but also wanted to have an amount of storytelling. See if you can spot some of the easter eggs.
Studio Ghibli Inc.
A Japanese animation film studio headquartered in Koganei, Tokyo. The studio is best known for its animated feature films, and has also produced several short films, television commercials, and one television film. The studio was founded on June 15, 1985 by directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and producer Toshio Suzuki, after the success of Topcraft’s anime film Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984).
1 ——– Branding
2 ——– Design + Art Direction
6 ——– 3D Conceptual Design
8 ——– 3D All-Type Visualisation
9 ——– Artworking
Originally, the scene was going to be Kiki and Jiji weaving in and out of traffic/trams, with people cursing out of their windows and the policeman chasing after her. European buildings would of been either side with the clocktower sitting at the top of the hill.
But, unfortunately, development time would of been considerable with this design. So Kiki in the Bakery was born from its ashes – But hopefully the street scene will be rekindled in the future.
There was some moderate retouching needed to colour grade and add in some easter eggs.
More noticeably, there is the Guchokipanya menu (The bakery owned by Osono and her husband, obviously). There is also another reference to one scene in the film where Sunflowers appear beside Kiki, slumped with boredom on the main counter.
There is one last easter egg that isn’t immediately obvious, sitting in the reflection of the counter you will see a vintage yellow car… any ideas who this belongs to?
Using Surface ID outputs allows for easy area masking and colour adjustments inside of Photoshop, which shows in the final design.
Design + Direction + Illustration + Output – NGON
F1.0 ——– NGON’s are like a concept.
They start with a single point that grow with guidance.
Adding structure and purpose within helps solidify the shape. Then refining with meticulous crafting, finally brings it to life.
We are bound by imagination. Limitless and forever evolving.