Wednesday, June 28, 2006


No, not THAT Nemo. This is Studio Ghibli's version of Little Nemo in Slumberland from a 1984 pilot. This clip is amazing:

Here is some information on the production and how it died.


At 10:38 AM, Blogger Andy said...

Wow! That was very, very cool. Thanks so much for sharing!

At 3:32 PM, Blogger Luxo Jr. said...

Indeed that is a very cool clip! Great find Victor!

At 3:32 PM, Blogger Yavuz said...

woah that´s fantastic!!! Thank you vitor!!!

At 5:12 AM, Blogger Haki said...

Incredible!!! Thanks for sharing!

At 12:14 PM, Blogger 3dsketchbook said...

Really nice animation, shame it never got taken up to be made into more then just a pilot

At 8:24 PM, Blogger Daniel Thomas MacInnes said...

Yay! I'm glad that you discovered my blog and the post about the 1984 Nemo pilot. It really is one of the greatest examples of Japanese animation, and it's something you can just pop in every now and then for a quick fix.

I've been scouring around for good animation sites to add to my blogroll, so I'm glad I found yours. Good luck!

At 9:44 AM, Blogger Lee-Roy said...

Really great. I'm a big fan of Little Nemo in Slumberland and I can't think of anyone better than Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli to adapt it. The colors and look of the thing are spot-on. The sound and voice track are a bit annoying, though. Anyway, thanks for sharing. I hadn't seen this before.

At 10:39 AM, Blogger Daniel Thomas MacInnes said...

Actually, no, Miyazaki wasn't involved in this short. He was courted along during the early stages of production, but he backed out. Isao Takahata was also interested, but he also left for creative differences. The '84 Nemo pilot was the work of five people at Telecom: Yoshifumi Kondo (director), Kazuhide Tomonaga (animation director/e-konte/key animator), Nobuo Tomizawa (key animation), Kyoto Tanaka (key animation), and Nizo Yamamoto (art director).

They were all involved in Miyazaki's Castle of Cagliostro and Future Boy Conan, and many of the folks from Telecom later made the jump to Ghibli. Tomonaga is one of the great action animators of his day; he animated the spectacular car chase in Cagliostro, Laputa's self-destrucion scene in Castle in the Sky, and the climactic car chase at the end of Sherlock Hound's "Blue Carbuncle" episode.

Kondo, of course, became a key figure at Ghibli, after a history of working with Takahata and Miyazaki on Lupin III, Future Boy Conan, Sherlock Hound, and Anne of Green Gables. He created a couple shorts for Ghibli and then directed Mimi/Whisper in '95. He was an immense talent, and one of the great character artists of our time, and he will be forever missed.

At 6:58 AM, Blogger Pat said...

It feels like a combination of western and japanese animation!


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