Photos - Nemo Pilot (1984)

Watch the 1984 Nemo pilot and learn its story here.

A collection of screenshots from the Yoshifumi Kondo-directed Nemo pilot from 1984. This is one of the greatest action sequences in anime history; no wonder, when you realize the small team of artists had worked with Miyazaki on Future Boy Conan, Castle of Cagliostro, and Sherlock Hound in the late '70s/early '80s, then later at Studio Ghibli.

The Nemo pilot is something you can throw on every now and then. It's always a rush, a spectacular showcase of action cinema. It's only four minutes long, but it always leaves you aching for more. The troubled movie project is the stuff of animation legend, eventually culminating in a rather disappointing feature film in 1989. At least, I found it disappointing, especially when compared to Nemo '84. But, as always, YMMV*.

(*Your Mileage May Vary. It's one of those internet shorthand things.)


Geoff N said...

I actually like the Little Nemo film, but I watched it as a kid growing up (it came out when I was 2) so it's part of my childhood.

The film still had a mix of West/East animation styles, which is interesting to see.

At the very least though, the film retained a pretty cool flight sequence early in the film that actually had parts that spooked me as a young child.

Daniel Thomas MacInnes said...

The 1989 Nemo movie was on YouTube some months ago. I don't know if it's still there, but it's worth searching for it. I can't admit to being a fan, but I'm sure there are many fans.

The original Windsor McCay comics remain supreme, of course. You can buy that massive Little Nemo book, with the comics in their original size. It's really a fantastic book that goes perfectly with the Calvin and Hobbes bible and Peanut anthologies.

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