Japanese Filmmaker Mirai Mizue Needs Your Help To Complete “Wonder 365 Animation Project”

As most Cartoon Brew readers are aware by now, we’ve had a “no crowdfunding” policy in place for a long time. But times change, and as more animation filmmakers incorporate crowdfunding into their production plans, we feel that it’s necessary to provide a platform for noteworthy projects that need funding. Starting today, we’re going to try something new by featuring a curated selection of crowdfunded animation projects on Fridays. We especially aim to give exposure to promising animation that may slip through the cracks due to a lack of exposure in mainstream media.

For starters, I’d like to highlight WONDER 365 Animation Project by Japanese filmmaker Mirai Mizue. Mizue creates his abstract films the old-school way by drawing and painting onto paper, but he uses digital compositing techniques to fantastic effect:

If you follow Mizue on Vimeo, you know that he’s been working diligently on WONDER 365 for the past 365 days in a row. Mizue received a grant from the Agency for Cultural Affairs in Japan, which allowed him to hire over 150 painters to help color the film, but he’s still looking for funding to complete the music recording and post production.

The Wonder 365 crowdfunding effort continues through April 30. The project is currently 22% funded. Here is the film’s trailer:


  • momo

    This is a great decision from Cartoon Brew! Congratulations! You are pushing the world of animation forward.

  • Elana Pritchard

    I think that it was a very good decision to change your policy. Well done!

    • http://www.avclub.com/users/ghaleonq,4597/ GhaleonQ

      If nothing else, masters like this one deserve the attention where alternate paths have been made unavailable.

      • Elana Pritchard

        Masters, and talented people just starting out who have yet to establish a fanbase. That’s who I think will benefit the most.

        You can’t crowd-fund with no crowd.

  • T

    Glad to see this on here.