【看CP學英文】日本動畫大師宮崎駿在2001年推出的《神隱少女》歷經了19年後依舊是台灣人最愛的電影之一。除了神靈世界的場景取自台灣的九份外，許多人也一直認為女主角千尋的爸爸偷吃的食物中，其中一項就是台灣有名的肉圓。近期，當年原畫師米林宏昌(Hiromasa Yonebayashi) 卻站出來揭曉其實千尋爸爸吃的是腔棘魚的胃。
The 2001 animated film “Spirited Away” by Studio Ghibli is a favorite among many Taiwanese viewers.
The movie’s connection with Taiwan not only lies in its modeling after New Taipei’s travel destination, Jiufen (九份), but also the fact that fans of the movie have speculated for years that the white jelly-like food that Chihiro’s father was eating resembles Taiwan traditional delight: ba-wan (肉圓).
However, one of the animators of the movie, Hiromasa Yonebayashi, recently revealed that the food is actually the stomach of a coelacanth.
— 米林宏昌 (@MaroYonebayashi) September 18, 2020
Yonebayashi tweeted on Saturday a few behind-the-scenes details to fans’ delight. He explained that as it was his first feature film, he did extensive research on many of the scenes.
For instance, in the scene where Haku is force-fed a dango by Chihiro, the team interacted with large dogs to study the movements.
In addition, Yonebayashi pointed out that the “flabby food” that the dad eats is actually the stomach of a coelacanth. He went on to say that it probably wasn’t written in the original storyboard but was included in the layout drawn by Director Miyazaki.
Nevertheless, the drawings were retouched about three times more so the food became more jelly-like. he remarked.
Yonebayashi’s revelation led many social media users to research online what a coelacanth is. they were surprised to find that it was initially deemed to have gone extinct around 65 million years ago, but as a similar type of fish was found in South Africa recently, it has since been coined “a living fossil.”
Social media users took to the comment section to voice their surprise with one commenting, “What? I always assumed it was a ba-wan,” while another said, “I thought it was a magical onion.” Others questioned, “Does that mean someone from the studio has actually eaten a coelacanth?”
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