Ghibli's Unproduced Three Bears Film Opens as Museum Set
posted on by Egan Loo
The Ghibli Museum in Tokyo opened an exhibit on The Three Bears story on May 19. Director Hayao Miyazaki (Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Spirited Away) based the exhibit on pre-production work he had created a year and a half ago for a planned film short. The movie in turn would have been based on Leo Tolstoy and Yuri Vasnetsov's picture book version (published in the Soviet Union in 1935) of the English fairy tale known to children worldwide. However, Miyazaki decided that children would be best served with an exhibit instead of a movie that imposes the staffers' perspective. Miyazaki's colleague Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Only Yesterday) was in charge of the exhibit's text material.
The exhibit's first room exhibit recreates the bears' home in a Russian forest down to the different-sized chairs and soup bowls, while the second room has the figures of the three bears including a three-meter-tall father. To commemorate the exhibit, the Museum's cafe has added five new Russian dishes to the menu. The exhibit will stay open until May of 2008. Source: Yomiuri Shimbun via Ghibli World