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
Like Bill Murrey, Studio ghibli generally shy away from creating extended films, which is understandable when it comes to the magic the company produces. That said, The Cat Returns isn’t the first time said cat (in this case ‘The Baron’) has appaeared in SG storytelling. He also appeared as a short interval in the film Whisper of the Heart. The scenes were so popular that Ghibli created a kind of indirect sequel, staring the Baron and a different girl, amongst other memorable characters.
If you’d never seen this film before, you would be forgiven for not instantly recognising the studios trademark style, some have said it was created more faithfully towards Aoi Hiiragi’s original illustrations for the film. Which was never a bad thing, as it’s beautifully designed and animated. But alas, with all things, there were some fans that disregard this production as a true OG Film.
Taking this history into consideration, NGON took a scene just before Haru and Catnapped by a hoard of felines, ordered to bring her to the Cat King.
Theres a slight sinister take in the design, as Haru senses she’s being watched, before the Baron and Muta become aware. So there was a moment of peace as the two protectors are blissfully unaware of the impending flood of cats.
Design + Direction + 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.