Fantastic Usagi Yojimbo Short Film, The Last Request, Is A Fitting Tribute To a Singular Vision

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UsagiI’ve always been a fan of Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo, and I’ve dreamed of seeing him in motion for years, but aside from appearances on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon It didn’t look like that was going to happen. Until now. Lintika Films has produced this proof-of-concept short film to present to Stan Sakai and hopefully acquire the film-rights to the character. And… it worked! The short was first revealed in San Diego this past July at the 30 Years of Usagi Yojimbo panel, as was director Roel Robles’ intention to create a feature film.

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30 Years of Usagi Yojimbo at San Diego Comic-Con. Picture courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/lintikafilmstudio

“It’s a still a work-in-progress and about 90% complete,” Lintika Film posted on its YouTube page. “We’re currently working on the sound mix and refining the film for the DVD release which will include behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, deleted scenes, and interesting details regarding the making of the featurette.”

Stop motion is almost a lost art, with few studios doing this type of animation anymore. It is a very long, detailed process, one that these filmmakers should be commended on. Everything they went through to get this film made just shows how much they love the source material, and Usagi Yojimbo: The Last Request is a fitting tribute to not only the character, but to creator Stan Sakai and his singular vision.

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Animator Shauna Hagerman, Spencer Beckert and Desiree Ong goofing around the set. Picture courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/lintikafilmstudio

The filmmakers really outdid themselves, producing a charming film that perfectly encapsulates what makes Usagi such a great character with a lasting legacy. The Sakais have gone through a lot this past year, and it’s nice to see the comic community rallying around them; but this is something else entirely. Stan Sakai is one of the most jovial people I’ve ever met, and I can imagine the ear-to-ear smile this short film brought to his face. Hopefully, it’ll bring one to yours as well. Here’s to 30 more years of Usagi Yojimbo!

For behind the scenes peeks be sure to check Lintika Film Studio out on Youtube, Twitter, and Facebook.

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