Hello and welcome to Honey’s Anime! Today, we’ll be presenting you with a wonderful interview we had with the upcoming illustrator, Ilya Kuvshinov. Mr. Kuvshinov is from Russia and now resides in Japan. He first became interested in anime after coming across Ghost in the Shell when he was 6 six years old. Throughout his life, he became more interested and went to school for illustration and animation as well as architecture. Mr. Kuvshinov started uploading many drawings and concepts to his Instagram account where we can see the many styles he has, which brings us to his new big project, The Wonderland.
The Wonderland originally released in Japan last year in April 2019 and had a wonderful reception from fans. Now, it is planned for a theatrical release this January 31, 2020, which overseas fans are extremely excited to check it out! First, we had WEATHERING WITH YOU, now we have The Wonderland! If you would like to know more about Ilya Kuvshinov and the wonderful mastery he’s created with The Wonderland, then make sure to keep on reading as we’re sure you’ll enjoy this interview segment.
Honey-chan: What was it like adapting the 1981 children’s novel A Strange Journey from the Basement for a more modern era? Did you feel compelled to stay close to the original or do it completely different?
Honey-chan: What sort of processes did you have to take in order to produce the art for the film? Did any issues arise while crafting this amazing anime film or did the process go surprisingly smooth?
It’s like going to another country and studying the area to find out everything which is what I did.
Honey-chan: In regards to location and the settings for The Wonderland, were there real locations used as inspiration for the film? One location looks very similar to an area I used to live in Setagaya called Futakutamagawa (Nikotama) at the beginning of the film. It is a train station/city area in Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan.
Honey-chan: Who was your favorite character to create and why? Also, what was your favorite location in the film to design?
And as for characters, Doropo the character was great to draw. He was my favorite as I liked his design and it was fun.
Honey-chan: What was it like to work with Keiichi Hara-san in regard to art direction and visualization?
So he was very much involved and making sure it matched his vision.
Honey-chan: Did any other anime films/series help inspire you while making The Wonderland?
Honey-chan: Was it hard making this film in comparison to any works you did previously?
Honey-chan: Do you think movies like this allow new generations to enjoy classics more and then eventually either read/watch the original works to see how the past did it?
Honey-chan: Was it predetermined for The Wonderland to reach Western audiences initially or was that a later thought?
Honey-chan: Are there any new projects you are working on that you can share with your fans so they can expect it in the future?
Honey-chan: Is there any special message you would like to tell fans?
I hope you enjoy it!
There you have it, folks! In addition to this interview, Ilya Kuvshinov has also worked on the Ghost in the Shell: SAC_20145 anime movie scheduled to release sometime in 2020, so make sure to keep an eye out for that. Since that is 1 of 5 projects he is working on and now knowing how great The Wonderland is first hand, they must be good. Ilya Kuvshinov’s artwork is wonderful and unique. It reminds me of Makoto Shinkai’s artwork in both still imagery and animation formats, being very smooth, vivid, and fluid when it comes to really catching the life-like feel and emotions of the characters and wildlife as well.
The Wonderland, again, will release in theaters January 31, 2020, in select locations, and hopefully, later on, it will release on DVD/Blu-ray shortly after! The Wonderland is from Signal.MD and distributed by Eleven Arts. We thank you all for being here and hope you had a great time? If you have any comments regarding the contents of this article, please don’t hesitate as I’ll happily answer them!