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Discovering the Totoro Forest Project


The Totoro Forest Project started quite some time ago and it was the result of the joint work of Studio Ghibli and Pixar, two animation studios that have close relations thanks to the friendship of their two top representatives: Lasseter (Pixar) and Miyazaki (Ghibli).

I guess that most of you already knows Pixar due to the popularity of their work for Disney such as Toy Story, Searching Nemo, Wall-E or Up, but I can assume that some of you do not know the Studio Ghibli, soon I’ll make a report on this studio but for the time being I can tell you that it is an international recognition Japanese animation studio run by the great nature lover Japanese artist Hadao Miyazaki.

Among his most famous works are “Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro) “Sen Chihiro no Kamikakushi you” (The Journey of Chijiro), “Mononoke Hime” (Princess Mononoke).

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Returning to the project in question, it arises to achieve the salvation and promote the conservation of Sayama Hills, a forest near Tokyo that inspired Miyazaki for his film “Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro).”

For this, animation and art professionals from around the world were asked to make an artistic expression of their work area in which they would explain their particular vision of the iconic protagonist of the Studio Ghibli movie or just take it to their field and show it from a different view.

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Among the participants we can find great artista like: Bill Presing, Enrico Cassarosa, Scott Morse, Jennifer Chang, Enrique Fernández, Daisuke Tsutsumi

As I said before this project was made a while ago, so I can talk about its results, it was a success and the forest was saved. To promote this project a major exhibition was made, also animations and a book compiling the work of the artists who participated in it was published.



Here we got some of the animations made in order to promote the project:

Rebecca Dautremer’s contribution to the Totoro Forest Project

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Luis Grane’s contribution to the Totoro Forest Project

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Peter Chan’s contribution to the Totoro Forest Project

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The music of this Animations Shorts are by Zach Johnston.

As usual for anyone interested in the project I`ll leave its official website and blog:

Official Toroto Project website – Official Toroto Project Blog
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Hi! my name is Federico Rusconi and I´m an Argentinian advertisement student. I love animation, graphic novels and graphic humor. Read my post and maybe you`ll learn some thing about this topics. You can find me on Twitter

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14 Responses

April 8, 2010

I love Pixar and Studio Ghibli. Totoro is one of my all time favourite anime characters and this project is brilliant. Loving the artwork too.

April 8, 2010

Great post! Thanks!

April 8, 2010

Lovely post! Thanks MR. D

April 8, 2010

Studio Ghibli has some of my faaaavourite films, My Neighbour Totoro being one of those!! (I’ve even named one of my pet rats “Totoro”.. :D :D :D )

I’m also a huge fan of Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke. Studio Ghibli have a very unique style of animation and the characters are really awesome!! :)

April 9, 2010

Hey guys! thanks for your coments!
I also love Studio Ghibli work, and I know that this year they`re going to do a new movie named “Karigurashi no Arrietty” directed by Hioromasa Yonebayashi, soon I will write something about that

October 1, 2011

Bueno en realidad yo estudio animación y conozco ambas Pero puedo decir que Gibli estudios es realmente Excelente HAYAO MIYAZAKI es un Director consagrado y maestro tanto en la creación como la expresión del mensaje Disney debería aprender de el.

jhon lasseter en pixar tiene bastante tecnologia y FX… y las historias son vacías y trilladas

Pero me dio Mucho gusto que salves el bosque y mas aun con Miyazaki…