Pixar auction: An animated effort for Japan’s tsunami recovery

April 03, 2012 | 6:59 p.m.
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"Dice" Tsutsumi's original watercolor is among the auction items. (Artists Help Japan)

Some of the top artists at Pixar Animation Studios have donated artwork and memorabilia to an EBay auction that will benefit victims of the Fukushima earthquake and tsunami. Organized to mark the one-year anniversary of the disaster, the auction is part of an international fundraising effort by Artists Help Japan.

Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi, the Tokyo-born art director of “Toy Story 3,” founded Artists Help Japan in 2011 in response to the destruction in northern Honshu. Artists and musicians have donated their talents to help raise over $240,000 to date. The online auction is one of a series of events taking place in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, Paris, New York and London.

“Artists whom I know in various cities contacted me, asking to contribute,” Tsutsumi says. “What moved me even more than the money they raised was the idea that there is a place for artists in the response to a crisis like this one. Animators, painters, musicians and other people of talent can come together and make a difference. I started the organization, but so many people have stepped up and taken the effort even further.”

The works for sale include a watercolor illustration by Enrico Casarosa from the children’s book based on his Oscar-nominated short “La Luna”; a copy of the book “To Infinity and Beyond! The Story of Pixar” signed by two-time Oscar winner John Lasseter, with a sketch of Buzz Lightyear; one of the Tiki mugs director Lee Unkrich gave as a special gift to the crew of “Toy Story 3”; as well as drawings and paintings by Tsutsumi, story artists Ronnie Del Carmen and Jeff Pidgeon, and sets art director Robert Kondo. Probably the rarest item in the auction is a 90-minute tour of Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, Calif., hosted by Tsutsumi.

The auction continues through Thursday.

– Charles Solomon

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