Little Nemo pilots [1980 - 1987]



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Little Nemo pilots [1980 - 1987]

0:00:00 | 1980 - Sadao Tsukioka
0:08:15 | 1984 - Andy Gaskill & Yoshifumi Kondo
0:11:48 | 1987 - Osamu Dezaki

All three of these are very cute and lovely in their own right. The first pilot resembles the most like the original works of Mckay and I could have seen that particular one being produced into a short animated series (perhaps not a full length film).
Dezaki’s pilot is my personal favorite in every way (the Debussy suites it so well too). Everyone seems favor the second pilot (I’m assuming this is because it’s associated with studio ghibli). This one is probably my least favorite…
The Little Nemo movie we ended up with was one of my favorite movies as a child. Today, my 5 year old enjoys it very much too. .. although I have to say: Now, after watching all three of these pilots (especially the third) I feel quite disappointed over the missed potential…

The Unrealised "GHIBLI" Little Nemo

The Ghibli Little Nemo that never was and what became of it. The first American/Japanese Animation Feature and it's long winded nightmarish production.
Not Ghibli, as the studio was founded a year later, but the animators who worked on the 1984 Nemo pilot followed to Ghibli later. This pilot film is sensational, one of the hallmarks of anime and specifically the Telecom studio (Lupin III, Sherlock Hound). The Dezaki pilot is also pretty good, not quite as inspired but very trippy. I never saw the fabled third Nemo pilot film. The completed movie was terrible, second-rate Disney ripoff. I guess the whole idea of a joint East-West animated feature could never work. “Disney”and “anime” were two completely different species by the 1980s. That said, the Discotek Blu-Ray is really good and everyone should pick up a copy. For many people in the West, “Ghibli”is just a generic term that means “anime that I like”. I never fully understood that, but Japanese animation remains a mystery for most folks and they need a solid reference point to understand it all. Thankfully, they’re no longer using the term “Japanimation”.

Little Nemo (1911) Winsor McCay

In this early silent film the character and world of Little Nemo is created. The artist discusses his drawing with his friends and draws a few while they are present. He then promises to create 4000 pictures to create an animated moving picture by the end of the month. He has a few setbacks when a kid knocks all the pictures over and they have to figure out the order of the pictures again. Eventually he plays the final film for his friends.

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