Studio Ghibli Paper Collage Art
Now this is clever. DeviantART member Botjira has amassed a gallery of paper collage art, which also includes a number of works devoted to Studio Ghibli. These impressive artworks involve paper, glue, acrylic, pastels, and a good pair of scissors. Scenes are evoked from a number of Miyazaki films - My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Spirited Away, and Howl's Moving Castle.
I'm posting my personal favorites here on the blog. You can peruse Botjira's collection at his DeviantART page. I love the abstractration of these collage works; this visual style evokes Japan's inherent iconic quality (I'm using Scott McCloud's terms), from anime to manga to video games. Color and texture are especially strong, and compositions are well-framed.
I'd like to see these works rendered in animation, frankly. If I were creating short films at, say, Pixar, I'd push heavily for a paper cutout look just like this. The American quest for "realism" in animation is following the wrong direction (and it's still largely wrapped around caricature); abstraction and symbolism can be a far more potent tool of storytellers. And, besides, aren't you getting tired of every cartoon looking exactly the same? Animators need to mix things up just to keep us interested.