a Japanese animated short film created by animation prodigy Makoto
Shinkai using a spectacular blend of traditional cel and lush computer-generated
(CG) animation... this was basically done in the guy's bedroom!!!
“Voices of a Distant Star” is, independent of its
creation, an extraordinarily beautiful film, telling a tale of two lovers torn
apart by tides of war and millions of miles of interstellar space.
The fact that the film was written, directed and animated by Shinkai, using only
a Macintosh G4/400 computer and assorted consumer- and professional-level
design and animation programs, makes “The Voices of A Distant Star”
an even greater achievement. Only the music (composed by Tenmon) and voice acting
were not performed by Shinkai - and the song is a bit cheesy, like many anime
On the strength of “Voices of a Distant Star,” Shinkai
won the prestigious “Most Valuable Newcomer” award
at the 2002 Tokyo International Anime Fair.
When a mysterious alien force begins their annihilation of the human race, a young
pilot feels called to join the resistance. But the danger of an interstellar battle
is not Mikako’s greatest concern.
For she has left behind the one young man she loves. And as Mikako flies further
into deep space, her only way to connect with Noboru is by cell-phone text messages.
While Mikako risks her life to save mankind, Noboru waits.
At first days, then months, then years for each new message that will let him
know whether Mikako is still alive. And while she barely grows older in the timelessness
of space, Noboru ages.
How can the love of two young people, torn apart by war, survive?To
what distance would you go…for your one, true love?
If you are into animation of any kind, this is something not
to miss, it is a great example of real talent.