A Loyal Steed Indeed: Hiroyasu Ishida

Pip turned me on to an animation short that bears a striking resemblance to a Studio Ghibli production. Pip and I are quite fond of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli and will be doing posts about that animation and its stories.  In the mean time, this short is called Paulette’s Chair and is directed by Hiroyasu Ishida (石田祐康).

The tale is of a girl who feels rejected and has an adventure with an animated chair.

Hiroyasi Ishida et al - Paulette's Chair (2014) (1)

Hiroyasi Ishida et al – Paulette’s Chair (2014) (1)

Watching Paulette galloping around makes the other girls laugh and they start to include her in their games.

Hiroyasi Ishida et al - Paulette's Chair (2014) (2)

Hiroyasi Ishida et al – Paulette’s Chair (2014) (2)

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Hiroyasi Ishida et al – Paulette’s Chair (2014) (3)

When she goes off to school, she has to start all over again with some snooty girls.

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Hiroyasi Ishida et al – Paulette’s Chair (2014) (4)

The chair cheers her up by taking her for another ride, this time in a cityscape. Disheveled after all this, the chair deposits her on campus making the other girls laugh and presumably breaking the ice once again.

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Hiroyasi Ishida et al – Paulette’s Chair (2014) (5)

Part of what makes the other girls accept her is that she does not take herself too seriously. She has several pratfalls as a little girl which result in her panties showing—presumably to punch up the humor.  Here she is bucked off the chair for the first time.

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Hiroyasi Ishida et al – Paulette’s Chair (2014) (6)

I don’t yet know much about this animator also known as “Tete”, so you can go here to get a little more information and watch the entire video. The character designer and animation director was Yojiro Arai and music was by Masashi Hamauzu. The film was produced by Studio Colorido and released by the Fuji Television Network.