- Animation (PG)
Director: Miyo Sato
Length: 7min 38sec
Completed date: 2015
It was a night festival in a village. A young boy, Bunroku was out having fun with his friends. On the way, they stopped by a clog shop, where he found out about an old superstition that he would turn into a fox. This animation "FOX FEARS" is created based on one of the late works, "FOX" by a famous Japanese author, Niiminankichi. It is about the worry of this young boy after he was told about the superstitious fox story, the love between mother and son, and farewell of love ones. I am very interested in this story about the relationship between the fox and the young boy, and the development into a story of family and kinship. I also have a similar experience as the young boy, who started questioning his own existence, and felt lonely for the first time in life, as I was growing up. As I was making this animation, I wrote the script based on the original "FOX", and constructed the story according to the perspective of the main character. This animation is made by having the images drawn on glass panels with paint and sand, and photos where taken for each image.
Film Festival Awards:
Aichi International Film Festival 2015, Short Film Competition First Prize
Soeul International Manga Animation Film Festival 2015 (Korea), Student Category First Prize
9th Children Animation Festival, First Prize
New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival 2015, Yotsubanyugyo Award
11th Kichijyoji Animation Film Festival, Judges' Special Award
12th ANIMATEKA International Animation Film Festival (Slovenia), Special Mention
About the filmmaker
Miyo Sato, born in Aichi Prefecture.
Her main works include "Through the Windows", "FOX FEARS" animation based on Niiminankichi's original work, etc. They were being screened at SICAF (Korea), ANIMATEKA International Animation Film Festival, Stuttgart International Animation Festival, and other film festival in Japan and abroad. Her specialty is creating animation using "glass on paint" and sand painting, that give a flowing expression, and heart-warming effects.