What happens to discarded objects? The old bike or wallet that has served its purpose and is no longer needed, objects we throw out? Moom is set in a fantastic land where these discarded objects rise out of a lake with their memories attached. These memories exist as dough-like characters that are the connection between the object and its former owner. When a memory is able to let go of its attachment to the past it rises into the air, dissolving into light and laughter. What happens when a memory can’t let go? We wanted to explore the idea of loss through the story of a stuck memory—Moom. To gain greater insight into the character of Moom, we discussed the earliest experiences of loss in our lives we can remember. Robert remembers losing his great grandmother in a tragic accident when he was four. The feeling of loss was a difficult emotion to process for a four year old. Years later the feeling of sadness and loss would reappear in his life at seemingly random times. It would take time and experience to understand his loss. We all have personal stories of loss and we aren’t always able to quickly move on with our lives after experiencing loss. We felt Moom was a great opportunity to explore this very human emotion in animation. In the story, Moom cannot let go. Our film is based on a popular contemporary children’s book from Japan by Genki Kawamura and Yuuki Mashiko. Genki Kawamura worked as a producer on the film and gave great insight into the story of the children’s book. He was very open to the adaptation of the story to best fit the change in medium, from book to film.
Robert Kondo (US). Originally from Southern California, Robert Kondo graduated with a degree in illustration from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Robert landed his dream job as a sketch artist at Pixar on their 2006 release Ratatouille. While at Pixar, his film credits included Sets Art Director for Ratatouille, Toy Story 3, and most recently Monsters University, and Production Designer on two shorts. In July 2014, Robert left Pixar to start Tonko House, where everyday is a challenge and an adventure.Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi
Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi (JP) is a filmmaker, painter, and philanthropist. A graduate from The School of Visual Arts in New York, Dice has worked as a visual development/color key artist at Blue Sky Studios on Ice Age, Robots and Horton Hears a Who! His credits at Pixar Animation include Lighting Art Director for Toy Story 3 and Monsters University. Dice is passionate about charity work and spearheaded both the Totoro Forest Project and Sketchtravel.
Directors: Robert Kondo, Daisuke 'Dice' Tsutsumi, Tonko House