The Illustration Room

Makoto Koji wins Best Animation award

November 07, 2016 – Adelaide based Paper Rabbits by Makoto Koji is excited to announce the launch of her animated short Peppercorn Babycorn Unicorn online.

Peppercorn Babycorn Unicorn tells a story about young girl spending the weekend with her imposing Grandmother. While left unattended the girl hijacks her Grandmother’s cauldron and attempts to make a Unicorn. The animation was produced solely by Makoto in Adelaide over 13 months and was supported by The Media Resource Centre’s Frame x Frame initiative. The score was created by South Australian Composer Christopher Larkin.

Peppercorn Babycorn Unicorn is animated traditionally in Photoshop and inspired by a mix of European folk tales and classic Japanese animation. The story pays tribute to Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine & Kiki’s Delivery Service by Studio Ghibli.

The film won Best Animation and Best Sound Design at the South Australian Screen Awards earlier this year.

Makoto Koji is a Japanese-Australian Animator and Illustrator, born in Hiroshima in the Year of the Rabbit and raised in the wilderness of rural Queensland.  Her work draws from a unique upbringing of both Eastern and Western sensibilities, inspired by fairy tales, animals and all things sweet. Through her brand Paper Rabbits, Makoto aims to spread her stories to the world.