Totoro Forest Auction Earns an Estimated US$201,236
posted on by Egan Loo
Last month's Totoro Forest Project auction earned an estimated US$201,236 (about 21.1 million yen) to help preserve the Japanese forest that inspired the backdrop of Hayao Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro anime film. The live auction took place at the Pixar Animation Studios headquarters in northern California on September 6. 190 artists, including American animators and Japanese manga artists, contributed 205 pieces of art for the cause. To honor the contributions, Miyazaki drew the illustration to the right. The project organizaers published a book that reproduces the art pieces, but the book has sold out except for a few copies at San Francisco's Cartoon Art Museum and November 1–2's Alternative Press Expo in the same city. The museum is hosting two exhibitions of the donated art from September 20, 2008 to February 8, 2009. The museum is also hosting two separate benefit events to support itself at Pixar on October 11.
Since 1990, The Totoro no Furusato Foundation has raised over 300 million yen (US$2.9 million) for protect the forested hills west of Tokyo from development.
Source: Yomiuri Shimbun