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Thursday, July 21, 2005

Paper Castles

Last month, I got to attend a preview of Miyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle sponsored by the Disney Channel. Claire and I braved torrential rains to get to the theater on time, and when we arrived...no power. We sat around in the dark for an hour, watching all of the little kids (with light-up sneakers!) form into ad-hoc gangs. When the power came on, we were finally patted down and escorted into the theater. I'm a huge fan of Spirited Away, as well as other Miyazaki films, but I was unprepared for how gorgeous...how outré the movie was. I can only compare it to Jules Verne curating the Museum of Jurrasic Technology. The biggest testament to that was that this huge audience of kids...who had spent 1 1/2 hours waiting for the movie, were GLUED to the screen. I didn't see or hear any misbehavior (from the kids at least) through the entire movie. The animation is about 90% hand drawn, and the whole production was infused with gentleness and wonder.

The good folks at EPSON(!) in Japan have teamed up with the Miyazaki folks to bring you A FREAKING PAPERCRAFT MODEL OF HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE! I guess they're betting on it using up a shitload of ink, but I'm guessing that it's entirely worth it. Bizzarely, the whole thing comes wrapped in a self-extracting PC archive. Mac users can download the sheets HERE and the instructions HERE. Get papering, fools!

LINK via boingboing


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