Fans of Japanese animation master Mamoru Hosoda will be able to get their hands on a new beautiful illustrated book about the auteur by renowned animation historian and critic Charles Solomon on August 16. Titled The Man Who Leapt Through Film: The Art of Mamoru Hosoda, the 272-page 10 x 12” Abrams hardcover features previously unpublished storyboards, background paintings, character designs, concept art and much more. The book also includes a foreword by Oscar-winning Disney producer Don Hahn (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King).
The Man Who Leapt Through Films: The Art of Mamoru Hosoda invites readers to journey into the mind of creative process of one of the most celebrated anime directors working today. The volume featuring exclusive interviews alongside hundreds of never-before-seen sketches, storyboards, background paintings, character designs, and concept art, this is the ultimate companion piece to Hosoda’s work.
Writer/director/animator Mamoru Hosoda’s work includes Belle (2021), the Academy Award–nominated Mirai (2018), The Boy and the Beast (2015), Wolf Children (2012), Summer Wars (2009), and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006). He is the cofounder of Studio Chizu, one of Japan’s premier animation studios.
The book, which is priced at $40, can be pre-ordered at https://www.abramsbooks.com/product/man-who-leapt-through-film_9781419753725/
Note: Charles Solomon is a regular contributor to Animation Magazine.