The Ghibli veterans are once again in the field. Now they were inspired by the Olympics opening ceremony. Tokyo 2020 Olympics has released Tomorrow’s Leaves in the opening ceremony. This is kind of a reunion of Ghibli’s former artists.
Details on Tomorrow’s Leave –
The International Olympic Committee has released this anime short film. The short film is directed by Yoshiyuki Momose. Momose is well known for his work films as 2019’s Ni No Kuni. 2018’s Modest Heroes anthology, “Life Ain’t Gonna Lose” is one of his remarkable works.
Studio Ponoc is behind this animated film. This studio is formed by several former Studio Ghibli animators. The music composer of the film is Takatsugu Muramatsu. Muramatsu is famous for his previous works like 2017’s ‘Mary and the Witch’s Flower’ and 2014’s ‘When Marnie Was There.’
The short focuses on the union of five children. They are from different islands. They travel from their places to meet each other by following a mysterious omen of a dying leaf. During the chase of the leaf, they indulge themselves in different games. They compete in light-hearted games and made bonds with one another. This is the way they search for a way out to return color and life to the world.
This short is originally premiered during the opening ceremony of the Annecy Festival. The International Olympic Committee has commissioned it’s initially approached to Studio Ponoc about it.
Once Nishimura passed on the idea of producing a feature. At that time the IOC proposed a short film instead and eventually entered into production. Founder Yoshiaki Nishimura once discussed this in an interview with Cartoon Brew back in 2019.
You can Watch It On-
You can watch Ghibli’s Tomorrow’s Leaves on YouTube. You need not persuade any money, It is available for free. You can also access it from the International Olympic Committee’s website.