A couple of years before plunging into a Japanese classic like Genji Monogatari, master Gisabur? chose another traditional text in Japanese literature. In this case, a novel from the early 20th century, that tells the adventures of young Giovanni, whose father is missing, and his friend Campanella. Gisabur? took this story to the colorful terrain of animation and gave the two main characters the body and face of two multi-colored cats. Full of magic, the tale isn’t just a classic of literature, but also of animation.
Numazu, 1940. Working as an animator in Toei he became friends with Osamu Tezuka, with whom he was a close collaborator. He debuted as a director with Jack and the Beanstalk (74), and received wide recognition with Night on the Galactic Railroad (85) and Tale of Genji (87), two of his most personal works, also present in Sitges this year.
Edition: 2012 Section: Anima't Original language: