I’ve been waiting eagerly for Ponyo’s artbooks to be released ever since watching it last month, and what a lovely surprise I was in for ! Ghibli Studios have been publishing their animation films’ storyboard books for many years now, but its the first time that they have released one in full color.
What absolute delight to see Miyazaki-san’s gorgeous watercolors…enjoy !
For Ponyo on the Cliff, Miyazaki-san decided to forgo all use of CG and revert back to the old, traditional hand drawn cell animation ( more than 160,000 cells in all ), giving the film a classic, timeless look.
The film uses a color palette that emulates the feel of pastel ( notably in the background plates, I will show more artwork from the official art book in part II ) and watercolor paintings, very much like these storyboards.
I always enjoy the scribbles and notes that accompany the boards, very often providing interesting insights into the director’s filmmaking process.