2020.9.19 Sat 10:00 Start

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Special Archive
(2019-2020: Audiovisual Works/Animated Short Films)
"GON, THE LITTLE FOX" (Trailer and Behind-the-Scenes Video)
YASHIRO Takeshi
Animation Division Excellence Award-winner
[Japan]
Animated short film
Video Work
A stop-motion animated film based on the beloved children’s story Gon, the Little Fox, by NIIMI Nankichi. A little fox named Gon plays a prank on Hyoju, a young man in the mountain village, by releasing his catch of eel back into the river. Soon after that, Gon sees the funeral procession for Hyoju’s mother, and realizes that Hyoju had caught the eel for his ailing mother. To atone for his prank, Gon begins to secretly leave chestnuts and matsutake mushrooms on Hyoju’s doorstep. One day, Hyoju spots the little fox leaving more chestnuts, but mistakes his actions for another prank and shoots him. Through the interaction between two different species—animal and human—the creators of this animated film bring into the spotlight the framework of the conflict between these incompatible entities. Carved from wood, the heads of the puppets in this stop-motion animation bear traces of their struggle with an issue that is difficult to handle satisfactorily. The flowing river is produced using real water, and houses and tools are recreated in miniature. These details reveal the creators’ meticulous adherence to reality. The exceptional beauty of the images thoroughly conveys the natural and seasonal ambience of Japan with precision.