Jul 10, 2008

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Totoro Forest Project

What is the Totoro Forest Project?

It is an international fundraising exhibition/auction event to support the non-profit Totoro no Furusato Foundation (Home of Totoro) established by Hayao Miyazaki.

What is exactly the Totoro no Furusato Foundation?

Well, it is a non-profit foundation as mentioned above created with the purpose to preserve the beautiful natural habitat of Sayama Hills which is located about 24 miles from the Tokyo Japan metropolitan area. Sayama Hills is the location that inspired Hayao Miyazaki to write/create “Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro)” in 1988. If you have not seen this movie, you must see it.

The Auction / Exhibition

Over 200 top international artists that work in different mediums have donated work specially created for this event.

The benefit auction will be held at Pixar Animation Studios on September 6th, 2008, a book will be available at this event as well that contains all the work that was donated. There will also be a special exhibition of selected artwork from the auction at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, California from September 20th to December 7th 2008.

I already spotted a couple of pieces that would be nice to have in my room, who knows maybe I will get to own a piece of artwork, or maybe I wont be so lucky and will have to just donate some money to the cause.

Please share this info with everyone you know, and if you live locally maybe we will run into each other at one of these events.

More information found at: Totoro Forest Project and Enrico Casarosa’s blog announcement.

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Jul 5, 2008

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PIXAR WALL-E Excellent Movie

Well we got the chance to go see WALL-E, but not until around 2:45pm due to issues that came up.

How was it? It was Excellent!!!, but don’t take my word go see for yourself. Love the graphics, the story, etc. Sometimes you see movies and you can tell what will happen next, at least for me that was not the case, the story hook me and at some point I even forgot I was watching an animated film. Not many animated films do that for me, actually now that I think about it I don’t think it has ever happened. Each character was animated beautiful.  I can’t wait to see it again, I think it would be really cool if there was an Imax theater close to home.

The widget below is pretty cool, it allows you to view the trailer without leaving the page 😉 The vignette’s are pretty cool as well, more animation to enjoy.

 

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Jun 25, 2008

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Vacation – Yeah!!!

I officially started my vacation on SketchCrawl day (Saturday June 21st), and so far it has been very nice.

We live in beautiful Northern California therefore there are quite a lot of places to visit. We visit towns around us on weekends but it is nice to be able to spend more time and/or visit during the early morning on a weekday. The idea was also to sketch here and there, maybe we will get to that too 😉

Today I had the opportunity to drink my favorite drink “Mocha Milkshake” 🙂 yum…

I also decided to purchase advance tickets for WALL-E for my wife and I, just in case there is a long line early Friday morning, who knows…

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