Riffs - Horus, Prince of the Sun
As always, I'm far behind on the riffs. I have a sizable database of photos on my computer that I really need to post on the blog. Let's get started with a famous shot that has been quoted many times.
Our first shot hails from Horus, Prince of the Sun; the short celebration that is interrupted by the attack by the wolves. This moment was riffed a few years later in Heidi, shown in the second screenshot. Notice the person in the bear costume? It's a clever nod to Renior's Rules of the Game. The riff appears once again in Howl's Moving Castle, as we see here.
Finally, have a look at this. I was genuinely surprised when I saw it. This is the animated Transformers: The Movie from 1986. The animation was outsourced to Toei in Japan, a far cry from their glory days as the "Disney of the East." This homage to Horus must have made Isao Takahata smile a little. The studio he battled finally paid homage to the movie they so fiercely resisted.