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Anime Master Mamoru Hosoda on Why ‘Mirai’ Could Be the Last of Its Kind

Anime Master Mamoru Hosoda on Why ‘Mirai’ Could Be the Last of Its Kind

This article about “Mirai” first appeared in TheWrap Magazine’s Oscar Nominations Preview issue.

Mamoru Hosoda knows that he is maintaining a dying tradition. For decades, animators have built worlds for their characters to inhabit using hand-painted backgrounds, and he has been loyal to that tradition. But the inexorable transition to digital is coming, as the director of “Mirai” knows well.

“I have been creating animation films using paper and pencil, paper and paint, but the situation in Japan has been changing rapidly,” Hosoda said in an email interview. “‘Mirai’ could actually be the last film I create with paper and paint. But when you think about the history of Western art when the photograph was invented, painters faced a challenge of what it meant for them to paint. In the same way, I would like to acquire new ways to express my art.”

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