The Man Who Leaped Through Film: Mamoru Hosoda will be released by Abrams Books on August 16th. The book includes an introduction, background art, character sketches, and illustrations by artist Charles Solomon.
Hosoda is well-known for his amazing animated movies. He was rejected from Studio Ghibli, but was praised for his skill by Hayao Miyazaki, another well-known filmmaker. Following his rejection, he began working for Toei Animation, where he made his debut with two notable films as part of the Digimon Adventure franchise.
The film Howls Moving Castle, which he directed, attracted the attention of Studio Ghiblis' head producer, and he was offered the opportunity to work for the company in the early stages of its production in 2002.
Hosoda would go on to work at Madhouse, where he would release one of his most iconic works to date, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time in 2006, which won the 2007 Japan Academy Award for Animation of the Year. In 2011, Hosoda established his own animation studio, Studio Chizu, which later produced a number of award-winning films, including Wolf Children and Mirai.
The girl who Leapt Through Time, a classic Hosodas film, is reimagined as the cover for the upcoming books, which gives a better sense of the book's origins. Some sneak peeks at the book's content include a close look at a Natsuki storyboard draft and the final colorization and background addition panel for Summer Wars.
Solomon was certainly the most qualified person to write the biography, as he has written over a dozen books on art and animated media, including The Art of WolfWalkers, The Art of Toy Story 3, The Art of Frozen, and Song of the Sea, which was co-written by Cartoon Saloon co-founder Tomm Moore.
The addition of Hahn's foreword will certainly add a content bonus to the book. He is the producer of the timeless Disney films Beauty and the Beast (1991) and The Lion King (1994) and also works at Disneynature, a film studio specialized in creating nature documentary films for Disney.
Hosoda's incredible work spans over 20 years. This leaves a lot of work for Solomon to cover, but it will be an essential read for anyone interested in Japanese animation. A teaser for his most recent film, Belle, can be seen in the video below:
Check out more images from the forthcoming book below: