Studio Chizu

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Studio Chizu
IndustryAnimation
FoundedApril 2011
FounderMamoru Hosoda
Yuichiro Saito
Headquarters,
Key people
Yuichiro Saito (CEO)
Websitestudio-chizu.jp

Studio Chizu (スタジオ地図, Sutajio Chizu) is a Japanese animation studio based in Suginami, Tokyo, Japan. It was co-founded by Mamoru Hosoda and Yuichiro Saito in 2011.[1] Studio Chizu has won three Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year awards.[2][3] The image in their logo is a reference to Makoto Konno, the main character of the Hosoda-directed 2006 film The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.

History[edit]

Studio Chizu was founded by two people with ties to animation studio Madhouse. Yuichiro Saito had been with Madhouse since 1999,[4] and had co-produced The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, which Mamoru Hosoda directed. The aim of the studio was described by Saito as an "auteur's studio" for Hosoda,[5] who himself mentioned that creating Studio Chizu was necessary in order for him to make the films that he wanted to make.[6]

Studio Chizu co-produced its first feature film Wolf Children with Madhouse, which was released in 2012. It earned roughly $55 million[7] and won its first Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year.[8] In 2013, the studio was approached by a representative of French film company Gaumont, who wanted to work with Studio Chizu to distribute its films internationally.[5] This distribution partnership was announced in 2014.[9]

The studio went on to produce The Boy and the Beast, which was released in 2015 earning roughly $49 million[10] and winning for a second time the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year.[11]

Studio Chizu produced Hosoda's next film, Mirai, in 2018 and received an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature.[12][13] This film also won the studio its third Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year in March 2019.[14][15]

Year Title Director Screenwriter(s) Producer(s) Music RT
2012 Wolf Children Mamoru Hosoda Mamoru Hosoda & Satoko Okudera Yuichiro Saito Masakatsu Takagi 94%[16]
2015 The Boy and the Beast Mamoru Hosoda 90%[17]
2018 Mirai 92%[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "STUDIO CHIZU|About Us". www.studio-chizu.jp.
  2. ^ "日本アカデミー賞公式サイト". www.japan-academy-prize.jp.
  3. ^ "日本アカデミー賞公式サイト". www.japan-academy-prize.jp.
  4. ^ "10 Years of Encouragement at the Japan Media Arts Festival". BEACON AKIBA. 2016-10-14. Retrieved 2019-03-30.
  5. ^ a b "The World of Mamoru HOSODA and Studio Chizu – Chinese Film Market". mag.chinesefilmarket.com. 2016-10-28. Retrieved 2019-03-30.
  6. ^ Chapuis, Marius (2018-12-25). "Mamoru Hosoda: «Il est impossible de porter une sensibilité divergente au sein du studio Ghibli»". Libération.fr (in French). Retrieved 2019-03-30.
  7. ^ "Okami kodomo no ame to yuki (2012)". www.boxofficemojo.com.
  8. ^ "日本アカデミー賞公式サイト". www.japan-academy-prize.jp.
  9. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (2014-12-13). "Gaumont Dives Into Japanese Animation with Mamoru Hosoda's 'The Boy and The Beast' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2019-03-30.
  10. ^ "The Boy and the Beast (2016) - International Box Office Results - Box Office Mojo". www.boxofficemojo.com.
  11. ^ "日本アカデミー賞公式サイト". www.japan-academy-prize.jp.
  12. ^ Elsa Keslassy and Patrick Frater (May 16, 2017). "Cannes: Japan's Mamoru Hosoda Sets New Animated Film 'Mirai' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  13. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnm7n7zlZ7U
  14. ^ Sherman, Jennifer (2019-03-01). "Mirai Wins Japan Academy Prizes' Animation Award". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2019-03-30.
  15. ^ "ANIME NEWS: Hosoda's 'Mirai' takes top Japan film prize after U.S. nominations:The Asahi Shimbun". The Asahi Shimbun. Retrieved 2019-03-30.
  16. ^ "Okami kodomo no ame to yuki (The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki)".
  17. ^ "The Boy And The Beast (Bakemono No Ko)".
  18. ^ Mirai, retrieved 2018-06-10

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