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Tonko House, dwarf Animate Short by Poupelle of Chimney Town's Akihiro Nishino

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Daisuke "Dice" Tsutsumi directs "Bottle George" stop-animated short

California-based studio Tonko House (Oni: Thunder God's Tale), dwarf studios (Rilakkuma and Kaoru), and Akihiro Nishino — creator of the Poupelle of Chimney Town (Entotsu-chō no Poupelle) picture book — announced at the Oni Exhibition in Tokyo on Monday that they are animating a short titled "Bottle George." Nishino is writing the screenplay for the stop-motion animated short, and he is credited for the original work. His Chimney Town company is co-producing.

© 2023 Chimney Town

Tonko House's Daisuke "Dice" Tsutsumi (Hayao Miyazaki's nephew-in-law) is directing the short and is also writing the screenplay. dwarf studios' Noriko Matsumoto (Rilakkuma and Kaoru) is the producer.

© 2023 Chimney Town

The short explores the relationship between George, a man trapped inside a small bottle, and Chako, a young girl who is scared of her alcoholic father. She is poor, but resilient, and she lives with her cat. The story depicts the light and darkness of people.

© 2023 Chimney Town

© 2023 Chimney Town

Tonko House and dwarf studios previously collaborated on the Oni: Thunder God's Tale CGI animated series. The four-episode series debuted on October. The Animation Is Film Festival hosted the theatrical world premiere of the series in the same month.

Studio 4°C's anime film of Nishino's Poupelle of Chimney Town (Entotsu-chō no Poupelle) picture book opened in Japan in December 2020 and ranked at #4 and earned 322,998,700 (about US$3.13 million) in its opening weekend. Eleven Arts began screening Poupelle of Chimney Town across North America in January 2022.

Source: Animation Business Journal (Tadashi Sudo)

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