"The distance between us is too large, so I increase my speed, in the sky"
The same month when storyboards came about [for the movie], Miyazaki set off to the ancient forests of Yakushima, in Kyushu and the mountains of Shirakami-Sanchi in northern Honshu [of Japan].
“It was just right, the ruins of this ancient forest reflects on us as humans. We need to learn to appreciate what we have left of the environment, and I wanted this as a theme for the animation.” - Miyazaki on his inspiration for Princess Mononoke.
A swiss diver, captured these pictures of one of the six anacondas he saw on his 10 day trip to Mato Grosso in Brazil. This one was about 26-feet long.
"At the first moment it’s scary because you don’t know the animal and everybody says it’s dangerous. ‘But after a while you understand that nothing happens if you respect the snake. ‘I have never been so close to a snake like this before. But I think a small poisonous snake is more scary than a big one. At least you can see the anacondas clearly and know what they’re doing." - Franco Banfi
Ryo-kun (Toudou’s actor) was talking/thanking about the happy moments he received and how much fun he had during the pedal stage (it was his first time in pedal stage!! he replaced tama-chan, the previous actor for toudou), he was crying and talking at the same time, so Tomoki (Maki-chan’s actor) came to console him www and helped him to deliver the last sentence. They WeRE So DamN Cute