Synopsis: When Gon, a playful orphaned fox, finds that young Hyoju has lost his mother, he tries to comfort him and make amends for his own earlier mischiefs by secretly bringing small gifts to the boy every day. But Hyoju doesn’t realize who is behind the anonymous gifts, and the two are headed for a heartbreaking climax.
Miyu Irino (Hyoju)
Tatsuya Kohda (Kasuke)
“GON, THE LITTLE FOX” is a famous Japanese fairy tale about the life of a little fox and as the director I added my original expression to it and created it as a stop-motion animation. The original story has been popular in Japan. I think most Japanese people have read it at school and so did I. The most memorable thing for me was when I happened to read it at the library after I became an adult. I felt a very deep story in it like the back side of the story that I didn’t feel when I was a kid and various imaginations swelled in me. That’s when I felt I wanted to make a film by translating what I felt, which could speak to us even at the present day. Many years have passed since then and I had an opportunity to make it into an animation.
Takeshi Yashiro joined TAIYO KIKAKU, a Japanese TV-CM production, after graduating from Tokyo University of the Arts in 1993. He has worked as a director mainly for commercial films and is one of the top “stop motion” animation specialists. He does not only direct but also create the art and sets by himself.
He especially likes creating hand-made, story-telling pieces.