Former Studio Ghibli Animators to Create Tokyo Olympics Short
Studio Ponoc, which was founded in 2015 by former Studio Ghibli animators, will produce an animated short for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, the company announced today at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France.
"I want to make a film that will get kids excited about the Olympics. The type of world we want to see at the end of all this competition, even beyond the Olympics, will be a major theme," said Studio Ponoc founder Yoshiaki Nishimura at a press conference at the festival.
The animated short, commissioned by the International Olympic Committee and set to be completed sometime next spring, will be the first for an Olympics. It is scheduled to debut at Tokyo 2020 before being screened elsewhere, including future Olympic host cities.
"As the Tokyo 2020 Games approach, we wanted to explore animation as a creative vehicle to express the Olympic values of excellence, respect and friendship," said Francis Gabet, director of the Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage (OFCH).
"We are delighted to take on the challenge, together with the OFCH, of creating a beautiful hand-drawn animated film that will speak to the world, in particular children, encouraging all to embrace life with a peaceful and tolerant spirit in their hearts, regardless of the challenges they may face," Nishimura said.
Studio Ponoc released a three-film anthology last year titled ‘Modest Heroes’ featuring works by Yonebayashi, Yoshiyuki Momose and another Ghibli alum Akihiko Yamashita. The anthology was screened at Annecy.