Olympic Committee for Culture and Heritage Announces Commission Of Tokyo 2020 Anime Short By Studio Ponoc
Short to be released in 2020 ahead of Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo
In the run up to this year's Annecy International festival, the Olympic Committee for Culture and Heritage has announced that it has commissioned the Japanese animation studio Studio Ponoc to create a new animated short that will embody the values of the Olympic Games. The short will make its debut ahead of the opening of the Summer Games in Tokyo in 2020 with an official preview at next year's Annecy International festival.
The director of the Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage (OFCH), Francis Gabet issued a statement on the reason for commissioning the short:
“The core values of Olympism are powerful and ever more relevant in today’s world. As the Tokyo 2020 Games approach, we wanted to explore animation as a creative vehicle to express the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect from a different aesthetic and narrative perspective. With a focus on universal topics relevant to humanity, this hand-drawn film will not only contribute to the excitement in the build up to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, but also inspire future generations.”
Founder of Studio Ponoc Yoshiaki Nishimura also comments:
“Animation is a magical visual storytelling medium that communicates across cultures. We are delighted to take on the challenge, together with the OFCH, of creating a beautiful hand-drawn animated film that will speak to the world, in particular children, encouraging all to embrace life with a peaceful and tolerant spirit in their hearts, regardless of the challenges they may face.”