Oscar-Nominated Tonko House Streams 'Moom' CG Short's 1st 90 Seconds

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
13-minute short adapts writer Genki Kawamura's picture book

Tonko House — Daisuke "Dice" Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo's studio that produced the Oscar-nominated animated short "The Dam Keeper" — began streaming the first one and a half minutes of "Moom," the studio's 13-minute CG-animated short based on Genki Kawamura's (Wolf Children, The Boy and The Beast producer) picture book of the same title.

The short debuted on March 5 at the Cinequest Film Festival in California. It has been accepted into over 60 international film festivals and has won 20 festival awards. The Tokyo International Film Festival will screen the short.

Tsutsumi (Hayao Miyazaki's nephew-in-law) and Kondo, both former Pixar art directors, directed "Moom." Tomohiko Ishii (Eden of the East, 009 Re:Cyborg, The Sky Crawlers) produced the short.

Although Tsutsumi and Kondo directed the new short, the studios Craftar and Marza Animation Planet handled production with a Japanese staff. Craftar is a newly formed animation production studio within the advertising animation studio Steve N' Steven.

Tsutsumi served as art director for Toy Story 3 and co-founded Tonko House with Kondo in 2014. The pair produced "The Dam Keeper" animated short as part of a co-op program at Pixar after finishing production on Monsters University. Tonko House is also currently working on a film version of "The Dam Keeper."

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