Animation and Anime

New American Trailer For Satoshi Kon's PAPRIKA Looks Amazing!

Published at: March 1, 2007, 7:15 p.m. CST

Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here. I don’t check Apple Trailers every day, so sometimes I don’t see something the moment it posts. When I got an e-mail from the mysteriously named “John” today, I clicked over and got an eyeful of what has immediately moved to the top of my “must-see” list. I love Satoshi Kon’s films. I’ve been lucky enough to see several of them with him in attendance. This one’s coming out on the same weekend as my birthday, so I have a pretty good idea what I’ll be going to see with my friends this year. This looks amazing. I can’t wait.

Hello Harry: Here is the US trailer of Satoshi Kon's "Paprika". It looks much better than I thought. John

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  • March 1, 2007, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Your patience will be well rewarded.

    by Nate Champion

    From a big fan of Perfect Blue... you ain't seen nothin' yet, suckahs.

  • March 1, 2007, 7:25 p.m. CST

    WOW

    by dekionplexis

    that is all. dekionplexis.blogspot.com

  • March 1, 2007, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Wow

    by georges garvaren

    Fucker's convincing.

  • March 1, 2007, 7:31 p.m. CST

    His stuff is all solid gold.

    by Judge Dreadful

    Best animated movies I've seen from Japan by far. Rent 'em. Can't wait to see this.

  • March 1, 2007, 7:41 p.m. CST

    super solid!

    by harold_maude

    this guys movies are the bomb!

  • March 1, 2007, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Holeeeeeee shit

    by filmcans

    Satoshi Kon is amazing. This trailer is amazing.

  • March 1, 2007, 8 p.m. CST

    Could Americans ever be comfortable with the

    by CreasyBear

    idea of an animated movie aimed at adults? "Animated" = "cartoons" for this country, so the idea of adult themes in an animated movie seems somewhat perverse to the general American audience. There's such an automatic connection for us between animated and child-friendly. I can't imagine Pixar, for example, ever spending the time and money on an adult feature. (Granted, there's no easy money like kids-movie easy money.)

  • March 1, 2007, 8:06 p.m. CST

    How is this original?

    by MrChu

    Let's see... Pretty girl fleeing from numerous phalic tentacles... check. Robot "mech" shooting winding missles.... check Fairies, butterflies, giant babies... check. How can the New York Times hail the originality of Japanese animators over their American counterparts when every film shares exactly the same cliches?

  • March 1, 2007, 8:07 p.m. CST

    creasy bear

    by BadMrWonka

    what about A Scanner Darkly?

  • March 1, 2007, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Double WOW, Twat-Man

    by dekionplexis

    I can't believe it, it comes out on DVD in the UK, on 05/03/07...just a few days from now..I can't wait. from play.com, in case you wondered.

  • March 1, 2007, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Is this the same guy who does...

    by cerebulon

    Paranoia Agent on Adult Swim?

  • March 1, 2007, 8:41 p.m. CST

    tentacles? CONFIRMED

    by Sir Loin

    Man I can't wait to see this, it looks amazing. Looks to be wildly imaginative, which will be refreshing.

  • March 1, 2007, 9:10 p.m. CST

    That Korean one about poop looks cool too.

    by half vader

    And popsicle addiction. Aachi and Ssipak.

  • March 1, 2007, 9:56 p.m. CST

    OK, here's why I fucking hate...

    by Christopher3

    American trailers for foreign films: NO DIALOGUE. Just random "Uh - aw!" sounds from the actors. Do American arthouse studios think arthouse audiences are too stupid to read subtitles in arthouse trailers? Is there another country in the world that does this to American films? Explain!

  • March 1, 2007, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Yes cerubulon

    by ChildOfMen

    Satoshi Kon is the guy who did "Paranoia Agent". If you enjoyed that, definitely check out his movies as well (Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress and Tokyo Godfathers). This is the first I've actually seen of Paprika; looks great. Sort of got a "Paranoia Agent" vibe from the trailer at least.

  • March 1, 2007, 10:35 p.m. CST

    God bless the Japanese

    by Octaveaeon

    Man, I love their imagination. I here this Murakami guy is also pretty good, but I still haven't had the time to pick up one of his books..

  • March 1, 2007, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Anime can be such an incredible

    by veritasses

    and rich medium to tell so many different types of stories. The Japanese have long realized it's potential and have produced incredible works but sadly we in the West only see it as something that's "amusing" and hardly a technique that a real, serious Hollywood artist would consider using to tell their story. Such a shame...

  • March 1, 2007, 11:31 p.m. CST

    The quote was right...

    by Quasimike

    Most American animation DOES look as if it came from the sandbox, or even the litter box. Japan has always been looking towards the future, using stories and visuals that American animators seem unwilling to try. The animation industry here keeps churning out the same tame, time-tested stuff with no eye to truly realizing the possibilities of the medium. Oh, we try every now and then, like Ralph Bakshi did with his films, or like John Korty did with the amazing 'Twice Upon A Time,' but by and large these efforts are sabotaged by the studios who don't want to put the marketing behind them. On the other hand, anime has been delivering product that the Americans can only dream of. Even back in the 1960s, when Osamu Tezuka brought forth Mighty Atom (Astro Boy) and Jungle Emperor (Ki mba the White Lion, which Disney hijacked to make 'The Lion King') the stories and animation were emotionally involving, lovely to look at and more than just simple 'cartoons.' I hope that somewher, at some point, some major studio decides to throw caution to the wind and make a serious effort to animate and market a film that is not just another paint-by-the-numbers crowd pleaser. So many of the greatest American films were not made to simply please a crowd, but were rather made to tell a great story and take any chances necessary in order to do so. Maybe some day soon we will take a cue from our Japanese friends and make something truly wonderful.

  • March 2, 2007, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Was that J. Jonah Jameson?

    by SilentP

    Cause that'd be sweet.

  • March 2, 2007, 1:03 a.m. CST

    That's amazing!

    by Orionsangels

    Unforgetable!

  • March 2, 2007, 1:04 a.m. CST

    Good call

    by nationalmaverick

    Rarely does anime make its way onto my calendar but his looks stunning.

  • March 2, 2007, 1:06 a.m. CST

    Wow, looks impressive!

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    I gotta see this!

  • March 2, 2007, 1:40 a.m. CST

    I can't stop watching it

    by Orionsangels

    It inspires me.

  • March 2, 2007, 1:49 a.m. CST

    I hate most American Trailers in general.

    by Orionsangels

    They're all identical. They all feature that same voice over. "In a world" That was cute ten years ago. You're fired! Then they spoil all the good scenes. So when you see the movie you know what's coming. Then you get these annoying quick edits that give you a headachue. Then It builds and builds! Show the title and one last joke. Will Ferrell - "I'm gonna getchu wit my lady lumps. my humps" Harhar, morons in the theater laugh like drones. Here's an idea. No more trailers like that. Ever again!!! Please give us original trailers. Take a lesson from this Paprika trailer. I have no idea what the hell is going on in that movie and that's exactly how I like it. It leaves me intrigued. Which is what a good trailer should do.

  • March 2, 2007, 1:56 a.m. CST

    The music in the trailer?

    by dekionplexis

    Anyone know what it is?

  • March 2, 2007, 2:53 a.m. CST

    it is indeed

    by conbarba

    amazing, awesome movie. the music is part of the paprika soundtrack, by Hirasawa Susumu. is great!

  • March 2, 2007, 3:35 a.m. CST

    saw it on Rotterdam Film Festival

    by Evil Hobbit

    it is realy good, almost ghibli good.

  • March 2, 2007, 6:59 a.m. CST

    Indeed...

    by Quintus_Arrius

    ... this looks great! Why can't Hollywood (or we Brits) make something as good as this... Then again, I don't think I want them to.

  • March 2, 2007, 8:07 a.m. CST

    Come on, Christopher!

    by half vader

    They're not trying to dupe arthouse audiences AT ALL. They're trying to dupe average lowest common deniminator audiences who might be fooled into thinking it's in English if all they hear are guttural noises (in other words, there's nothing to say it's NOT in English) and don't see any of those nasty, awful subtitles. C'mon (or more correctly, c'm'on) man, you know it's true. When they see it in Blockbuster or watch the trailer at the start of some other DVD they might even absentmindedly rent it, recalling there were no subtitles.

  • March 2, 2007, 8:31 a.m. CST

    It's ghibli-beautiful, not ghibli-great

    by dapaschad

    I saw this in Rotterdam. While the visuals and animation are stunning and wildly original, the story is not so great, somewhat confusing and most importantly: irrelevant. Interesting philosophies about dreaming and reality are used for visual effect, not narrative. Coolmovie though.

  • March 2, 2007, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Half Vader's right...

    by Double-Oh

    As much as I like them, trailers are a marketing tool aimed at getting the most asses in the seats as possible. You'd be surprised how many people won't see a movie if they have to read subtitles. It's a real shame. I will say this trailer is better than the Japanese one I saw a few months ago. Can't wait!

  • March 2, 2007, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Re: The music in the trailer?

    by ChildOfMen

    The song is called "Mediational Field", and is the second track on the Paprika OST.

  • March 2, 2007, 9:12 a.m. CST

    What are you talking about MrChu?

    by Johnno

    Big anime fan here, and nothing in that trailer can I ever really describe as ever really seeing before... but if you're going to complain about minor uses of things that appear in other flics, you might as well take it a step further and complain that no movie is original because they all feature people in them... people are cliche! And skies and buildings too!<br><br>Anyway this trailer looks awesome and it alone makes me want to hand it an academy award. And as for critiques about Satoshi Kon's storytelling, they mostly always deal with something bizarre and if you're someone used to having things spoon fed to you, then you might as well skip this one, because he has a tendency for making the best use of animation to create some crazy and humourous sequences. Also his characters are always wonderful no matter who they are! Check out his masterpieces, Perfect Blue, Millenium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers and the TV series Paranoia Agent.<br><br>The Japanese have really capatalized on the animation medium and left the world in the dust. Sure some American companies are now animating more mature products, but they tend to always be some retarded fart joke comedy. And on rare occasions you'll get something like Todd McFarlene's Spawn. Otherwise they are starting to outsource their material to the Japanese to do anyway, see Animatrix. Also the Witchblade anime that's coming out will very likely be far superior to any other endevor done by America.

  • March 2, 2007, 9:34 a.m. CST

    If anyone wants a more traditional trailer...

    by Johnno

    The french one seems to deliver... http://tinyurl.com/2b2pbl

  • March 2, 2007, 11:30 a.m. CST

    The Japanese can make crap too

    by dcervera

    Before we get too far down the "the Japanese are visionary geniuses, Americans are mouth-breathing morons" trail, let me just remind you all that Pokemon is anime too. The "90% of everything is crap" rule applies just as well across the Pacific as it does here. For every "Paprika" or "Kiki's Delivery Service", how many vacuous kiddie cartoons ("Hamtaro" or "Snow Fairy Sugar" anyone?), or disturbing tentacle rape stories do they crank out? Genius is rare, regardless of where you look for it, but it's not exclusive to any particular country.

  • March 2, 2007, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Of course it's gonna be excellent! It's Satoshi Kon!

    by Proman1984

    Satoshi Kon is the a genius. I loved all of his films and I consider "Millenmium Actress" to be one of the finest movies of the decade.

  • March 2, 2007, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Satoshi Kon kicks ass

    by polyh3dron

    Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers, Paranoia Agent... That's quite a damn resume.

  • March 2, 2007, 12:16 p.m. CST

    That song was fucking shit

    by godoffireinhell

    but yeah the imagery was awesome.

  • March 2, 2007, 12:20 p.m. CST

    UK DVD

    by Shoegeezer

    Has been put back to September. I started today happy, now I am sad.

  • March 2, 2007, 12:35 p.m. CST

    exactly!

    by JacksonsPole

    why are american animators so LAAME! with all the exciting possibilities of animation; it's unbelievable that major animators are still making garbage. thank god for the japanese, or we'd have movies about talking toys, or rats and their comic relief sidekicks for the rest of our lives...!

  • March 2, 2007, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Yeah Pixar is sooo LAAME!

    by polyh3dron

    right.

  • March 2, 2007, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Yes there is a lot of shit anime

    by Johnno

    The point is that at least they're also making a lot of decent to amazing products with magnificient imagery and mature stories and experimenting with the medium in fantastic and stylish ways that American animators can only wish their studios would allow them to. And most of the anime industry isn't made up of large studios but various smaller companies.<br><br> Of course, average people who view animation as a format only for children are also to blame so it's not surprising that studios don't want to risk it. People ought to realize the potentials that animation has reached, not only in 3D, but in the charm of 2D as well. Frankly the best I've seen has always been a harmonious blend of 2D and 3D/computer graphic elements. <br><br>Many of the comic book heroes or mature graphic novels you want to realize on screen would also work out better animated rather than live action, and be cheaper and less risky than a large scale live action project. Oftentimes it can come out better. The only other animated form that America explores, experiments and does well in is in videogames, and even then Japanese Developers still have a significant edge in terms of story and visuals. It's not that American animation is incapable, they just don't want to risk it, and the majority of the populace still has tunnel vision with concern to the animated artform. If there's ever another time that US studios would consider bringing mature content to animation, it's when good Japanese anime starts getting major ticket sales in the box office. Oftentime the specific Japanese culture reflected and portrayed in anime is also a deterrent to general audiences just like live action foreign flicks.

  • March 2, 2007, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Yum!

    by Saluki

    AICN Anime columns need to be more highlighted like THIS, instead of just news dumping a billion pages on us and expecting for us to pay attention. Millennium Actress & Paranoia Agent are brilliant, and Millennium Actress has its moments. Paparika has been on my radar for months. Too bad us Americans have to wait so long for the eventual way-too-damned-limited release. Honestly, these films never get more than 100 theaters, while Pirates 3 (equally fun) will have 4000+.

  • March 2, 2007, 8:46 p.m. CST

    In response to dcervera...

    by Quasimike

    Remember that I'm smiling as I write this...of COURSE Pokemon is Anime. I was merely speaking of serious, feature-length animation in America mostly sucking in comparison to the broad themes and innovative style of the Japanese. Sure, all cultures have their commercial made-on-the-cheap-the-cash-to-reap animation, but the Japanese, on the whole (I feel) do it better than we do. Occasionally, even their made-for-television stuff stands out. Take Kimba the White Lion for example. When it first aired in the mid sixties, the animation was colorfully lush, if a bit limited as most television animation was in those days, and the themes of man against nature and environmental responsibility were handled without being too preachy. The writing was top notch, and it's no wonder Disney decided to adapt the series and call it "The Lion King" decades later (by the way, those who say it's all coincidence are simply fooling themselves. The glaring similarities are far too numerous to be "just" coincidence.) My point is that when it comes to risk-taking, groundbreaking animation, America still lags far behind our friends in Japan. Besides, for every Pokeman and Hamtaro we squeeze out another Scooby-Doo or Smurfs. I think the only American animated series that qualifies as a mold-breaker and visionary masterpiece was John Kricfalusi's Ren & Stimpy.

  • March 2, 2007, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Perfect Blue

    by Mr_ant

    deserves to be in the imdb top 250. So I just gave it a 10 vote. This film looks great. Fuck anyone that disagrees. Especially you.

  • March 3, 2007, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Adding on to what Johnno and others have said

    by veritasses

    You’re definitely not going to see Pokemon appealing to adults or winning any awards but if we were to just dismiss it simply because it’s “a boring, idiotic, kids show” would be a huge mistake. Pokemon is one of the few franchises that can claim that it has survived for over a decade AND is responsible for generating hundreds of millions if not billions in revenue over the years. The entire Poke-empire is probably what helped Nintendo endure for so long with a relatively strong financial position despite the huge disaster of the GameCube. That’s nothing to sneeze at and I’m sure there are many business school case studies examining it from every angle. And because it’s one of the rare works that has lasted (without break) for so long, if you’re a student of anime or if you're thinking of starting your own Billion dollar, kid and parent-friendly licensing monster, Pokemon is certainly worthy of study (the color, character design, story, original Japanese as well as translated dialog etc). The thing that people (esp in Hollywood) should realize is that despite Pokemon’s enormous success, it is hardly representative of anime. The Japanese have taken a medium that we in the West associate strictly with kid’s entertainment and evolved it into something that can tell almost any type of story, from the familiar kid’s oriented “toons” to adult-oriented, mature mysteries, dramas, horror and comedies, to historical/educational works to business marketing devices and yes, porn and hentai. There’s no genre that I can think of that anime can’t handle. It’s also worth mentioning that there are many things about anime which make it a highly effective story telling tool. For example, our eyes and therefore our attention naturally focus more on the reduced color palette and the animated elements on the screen (which is what all film directors strive for), dialog, music and action can be exaggerated and melodramatic without it actually seeming melodramatic and can therefore enhance the emotional impact of a scene, it can create futuristic, esoteric or even surreal worlds that appeal to our sense of reality better then it might in a live action movie, etc. The Japanese understand the power and impact of these techniques better then anyone which is why we see great masterpieces coming from them which we can never imagine anyone in the West creating. Now, are all anime great? Of course not. The % of great anime is probably no different then in any other medium, be it movies, music, literature or art. But for the West (mostly Hollywood) to largely dismiss this clearly flexible, expressive, powerful medium because of some preconceived notions is a grand shame not to mention that they’re likely missing a huge revenue source.

  • March 3, 2007, 7:49 p.m. CST

    wow...

    by DukeDeMondo

    that is just astounding. www.mondoirlando.com

  • March 4, 2007, 2:47 a.m. CST

    The Original Batman Animated Series

    by Rambo in the Bronx

    IS one the Best American Animation series ever. Somebody put the entire thing in the hall of fame or something. Some of the best early 90's goodness right there. If you want to talk about good western animation, you should always bring up The Batman Animated Series and not that new Batman animated crap of today.

  • March 4, 2007, 10:31 a.m. CST

    So true Rambo!

    by Johnno

    The WB Batman animated series was a benchmark of American animation going into not so much mature... but darker territory! Also the Fox Spidey cartoon of the 90s was also pretty cool in my opinion.

  • March 4, 2007, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Timm + DC = Pure gold....

    by veritasses

    All his stuff seems to be loved by fans and critics alike. So can anyone tell me why any of his shows were ever cancelled?

  • March 9, 2007, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Anime shows aren't like US TV shows

    by polyh3dron

    Paranoia Agent like most of the acclaimed anime shows are made for a set number of episodes. They're serialized and they have a begining and end already pre-conceived ending. Once they're done they're done, and sometimes there may be a feature film follow-up if the show is really popular, like with Full Metal Alchemist or Neon Genesis Evangelion.

  • March 14, 2007, 11:40 a.m. CST

    satoshi got the ump

    by council estate scumbag

    true genius. watching his stuff when i was growing up on the estate made me aim for something higher and better. this bloke is wicked. perfect blue is rockin. i checked out the stuff for paprika and it looks sick. gotta see dat. gonna get all my crew to see it to. educate their lives a bit and put down them blades. tgrippy shit.