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Journey to the West at 2005 SIGGRAPH Animation Theater

(July 14, 2005)

Sprite Animation Studios today announced that it will premiere the original short film, "Journey to the West" at the 2005 SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival's Animation Theater. "Journey to the West" is directed by Moto Sakakibara and produced by Junichi Yanagihara and Kyoko Aihara.

    With its beautiful use of color and funky pop images, "Journey to the West" is a brilliant demonstration of Sprite Animation Studios' imaginative creative abilities.  The scene takes place in a mysterious world called Nirvana Land, which resembles a meditative state of Buddha, and where mechanimals (mechanical animals) and various yoh-kai (Asian spirit monster) freely roam about.


    "'Journey to the West'" is a short which was inspired by an ancient Chinese tale," said Sakakibara.  "I'm thrilled at the opportunity to showcase our production capabilities this at this year's SIGGRAPH Animation Theater, especially since we are currently in production of our first feature film GON."

    About Sprite Animation Studios

    Sprite Animation Studios ( was founded by Moto Sakakibara, Co-Director of Square Pictures and Columbia Pictures' "Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within."  Sprite Animation is based in Los Angeles, CA and is committed to creating and producing the highest quality CGI animation for film and television productions, video games and commercial advertisement.  The studio' first animated feature film, GON, is currently in production and is scheduled for release in 2007.

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