Anime Film Belle’s Studio Chizu Announces Exhibition at TeNQ Space Museum

02.June.2021 | MOVIE / SPOT

Studio Chizu, the Japanese animation studio working on the upcoming anime film Belle which is set for release sometime this summer, has announced an exhibition at TeNQ Space Museum in celebration of their 10th anniversary and in promotion of their newest work. It will be held from July 7 to November 14.

 

Studio Chizu’s past works have enjoyed great success both in Japan overseas and include Wolf Children (2012), The Boy and the Beast (2015), Mirai (2018), and the highly-anticipated forthcoming entry Belle (2021). All the films are directed by the Academy Award-nominated Mamoru Hosoda.

One of the biggest aspects when it comes to creating an animated world are the backgrounds used. This exhibition will focus on two key background features threaded throughout Hosoda’s creations: the sky and clouds. Both of these sceneries are showcased in different ways in all four of his films and will be explored throughout the event with a special, exclusive showing of a slideshow with various scenes of the sky and clouds littered in the filmography, as well as a more ‘academic’ exhibit of the cumulonimbus, a cloud that symbolises Studio Chizu, and more.

Limited edition mask case 

There will also be a selection of original merchandise for anime fans to pick up, as well as a limited stock face mask case when purchased together with select tickets.

 

Exhibits to look out for at the event

Who are Studio Chizu?

Learn about the 10 year history of the Japanese animation studio Studio Chizu.

 

Studio Chizu and the cumulonimbus

The cumulonimbus is a cloud synonymous with Studio Chizu’s works – see it in all forms from their filmography in this special exhibit.

Sky & Clouds Illustrating Emotion: Studio Ghibli’s beautiful backgrounds

The skies and clouds that appear in Studio Ghibli’s animated features don’t only serve to make the setting look pretty – they also play an important role in setting the mood of the scene as well as acting as a window into characters’ feelings. This exhibit will explore these tone-setting backgrounds.

 

The secrets behind the soaring cumulonimbus

This is one of two exhibits pinpointing the cumulonimbus cloud. This one takes a more academic approach as you’d expect from a museum like TeNQ. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will dive deep (or soar high) into the scientific mechanisms of this cloud.

 

Studio Chizu’s 10 years of receiving courage from the sky and clouds

The museum will play a TeNQ-exclusive slideshow with iconic lines from Chizu’s animated movies that will ‘make the heart flutter’ along with images of their clouds and skies.

 

Belle featured exhibits

Free merch with tickets

Receive one of six possible original face mask cases by purchasing select tickets to the exhibition. Details here (in Japanese).

 

Cloud Photo Contest

The exhibition is taking submissions of photos of clouds in the sky. The person who is able to most capture a scene akin to the beautiful scenes in Studio Chizu’s films will win a prize. The winning piece will also be displayed at the exhibition.

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