Food for Thought: Celebrating Animation with Jazz and Cabaret

Hey guys welcome one and all to another Food for Thought post inspired by a few videos that have been circulating (At least, through the animation blogs I follow) around the ‘net for very good, very musical reasons.

Please kick up the volume for these upcoming videos.

And now…

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Let’s jam

Did you catch the reference back there to Cowboy Bebop’s iconic opening theme?

Good.

Because the Cowboy Bebop dream team–director Shinichirō Watanabe and composer Yoko Kanno–are teaming up again to adapt the manga, “Sakamichi no Apollon” (坂道のアポロン), into an anime series. A cursory Wikipedia article gleans this information about the plot:

A coming of age story in the 1960s about two young men and their passion for jazz music.

… Okay so there isn’t much to go off of that, but, but

Give the trailer a look and see why I (And what seems to be most of my animation blog friends) are excited about it.

So we have an unlikely duo team bonding over jazz. They’re going to learn about themselves, and about life, and probably love and friendship — over jazz.

This former-first-chair trumpeter is in love, in love I say. I wish I had more information for you guys other than this trailer that I’ve rewatched for an embarrassing number of times, but all I can really say is: be excited, and be ready.

Also, if you’re not excited already, if you’re not excited for the building energy and love that is definitely put into this project, here’s some inspiring words from Yoko Kanno via Crunchyroll:

Yoko Kanno had this to say: “In youth, jazz. This is the work I had been waiting for the most. By all means please listen to the sounds of these young prodigies performing that I can hear from the manga, the beat of their life. “

Also exciting on the animation horizon is something that’s a little closer in time, and to home (Well, if you live in NYC that is…)

For those of you who do NOT know (How could you guys?) this year’s New York International Children’s Festival is going to premiere Friday March 2! The NYC International Children’s Festival is a month long celebration/viewing of some of those hard-to-find/hard-to-see animated masterpieces that don’t touch mainstream cinema. So yeah, haven’t seen beautiful films such as Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below (星を追う子ども Hoshi o Ou Kodomo) yet? This fest may just be your chance to enjoy it the way it was meant to be!

Of these films, there is one in particular that I am terribly, terribly excited for — and that is the festival’s opening night screening of Un Monstre à Paris (A Monster in Paris)

A French CGI and 3-D animated feature — it’s got everything you could have asked for. A hideous monster and cabaret girl unlikely duo, some French guys trying to be suave, the Seine flood of 1910, and one of those musical scores that is fun, playful, and will get you off your seats.

So here’s the trailer:

Isn’t it just beautiful?

What, don’t believe me? Well take a look at this clip:

Now, I admit, the main reason why I am excited was because of the gorgeous concept art that was, for the most part, floating around for awhile. And while I am slightly disappointed that the final product varied quite a bit from what I thought the film was going to be — I’m still excited! And am also excited to announce that yes I am attending the premiere event and will hopefully cover more news about the festival! (And you guys should come too so I am not alone) 

Annnnd that’s all for Food for Thought!  Tune in next time~

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Fenrir

A would-be anthropologist, writer, food historian, and professional glutton hoping to combine fandom with her love of food. Ever wondered what a nug tasted like? Is butterbeer alcoholic? If you've asked such questions and are already drooling at the thought of a big old plate of lembas bread, then you're in the right place

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Fenrir

A would-be anthropologist, writer, food historian, and professional glutton hoping to combine fandom with her love of food. Ever wondered what a nug tasted like? Is butterbeer alcoholic? If you've asked such questions and are already drooling at the thought of a big old plate of lembas bread, then you're in the right place

3 Comments:

  1. The guy on the drums looks like Yamamoto from Reborn lol. But now I'll be sure to watch Apollon!

  2. Wow, that film loos amazing! I may just have to tag along.

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