Selected Press & Recognition

Below is a compilation of international media and press
Tonko House has received.

Watch the Trailer for ‘Moom’ from the Makers of Oscar-Nominated ‘The Dam Keeper’ (EXCLUSIVE)

VARIETY・FEB 25, 2016

Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi, whose short film “The Dam Keeper” was nominated for an Academy Award last year, have released the trailer for their latest project, “Moom,” an adaptation of the popular Japanese children’s book by film…

Oscars Invite Record 110 Animation People into Animation/VFX Branches

CARTOON BREW・JUL 2, 2016

Earlier this year, in response the highly public #oscarssowhite debacle, the Academy announced that it would “double the number of diverse members” by 2020. This new round of members is its first opportunity to showcase how…

‘Dam Keeper’ Makers Return with New Film ‘Moom’ (Trailer)

CARTOON BREW・APR 18, 2016

Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo, former Pixar art directors and directors of the Oscar-nominated short The Dam Keeper, have completed their second short film, Moom. A trailer for the film, which is just entering the festival circuit, can be viewed below…

Tonko House Streams Teaser for ‘Moom’ CG Animated Short

ANIME NEWS NETWORK・FEB 26, 2016

Tonko House — Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo’s studio that produced the Oscar-nominated animated short “The Dam Keeper” — began streaming a teaser video on Thursday for “Moom,” the studio’s CG-animated…

Robert Kondo & Dice Tsutsumi Talk about “Rising” Moom

ANIMATED VIEWS・MAY 13, 2016

Art is primarily about emotion. And from the very beginning of their independent venture as Tonko House, Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi have expressed the purest one. That was first with The Dam Keeper,…

Review: Tonko House Returns with Super Cute ‘Moom’

SCREEN ANARCHY・MAR 5, 2016

Today Tonko House’s latest creation, called Moom, is having its world premiere at Cinequest Film Festival. In 2014, after leaving the safety of the Pixar nest to start their own studio Tonko House, directors Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi…

Tonko House’s New Short ‘Moom’ Gets a Release Date + New Poster!

ROTOSCOPERS・FEB 19, 2016

We finally know when Tonko House’s (The Dam Keeper) second short, Moom, will debut, and it’s very soon! After the release of The Dam Keeper, we’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of Tonko House’s second short…

After Pixar - In the Studio with an Oscar-Nominated Startup

CALIFORNIA SUNDAY TIMES・AUG 2, 2015

It’s 8 a.m. and the two founders of Tonko House animation studio are preparing to meditate. Their 200-square-foot space at the industrial edge of southwest Berkeley is filled with desktops and laptops, packed bookshelves, paint jars…

Dream Factory — Berkeley

MONOCLE・JUN, 2015

When such an unusual and well-drawn film is nominated for an Oscar, you wonder where it came from. That was the case with 2015’s ‘The Dam Keeper’, an allegorical animation dreamt up by Robert Kondo and Dice…

Exclusive: Gorgeous Oscar-Nominated Short ‘The Dam Keeper’ to Become Gorgeous Graphic Novel Series

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY・MAR 11, 2015

The Best Animated Short category, home to some of the loveliest works on any given Oscar ballot, is often one of the most striking—and least-explored—territories of awards season. Among this year’s nominees was The Dam Keeper, a gorgeous work by a pair of former…

Slate’s Oscar Predictions: Documentaries and Short Films

SLATE’S CULTURE BLOG・FEB 17, 2015

Between now and Oscar night, Feb. 22, Slate’s Dan Kois and Aisha Harris will be predicting the winners in every category. But if you’d rather trust the wisdom of the crowds than the so-called experts, Slate’s got you covered: Make your own predictions in our ranking widget…

Industry Buzz: Ex-Pixar Animators Make Oscar-Nominated Short

SF GATE・FEB 13, 2015

Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi quit Pixar in July to start their own Berkeley company, Tonko House. Now they’re riding high as the Oscar-nominated filmmakers behind the animated short “The Dam Keeper.” “We miss the comforts of the big studio but love the feeling of…

In Less Than a Year, Tonko House Earns an Oscar Nomination

THE JAPAN TIMES・JAN 30, 2015

They had plum jobs at one of the best companies in the world. Their successes were the envy of their peers. But last summer, two peak-career professionals quit their lucrative day jobs to found a start-up. With no income…

Review Oscar Short-Film Nominees Marked by Variety in Subject and Quality

LOS ANGELES TIMES・JAN 29, 2015

As in previous years, the variety of the Oscar-nominated short films — animation, live action and documentary, presented in theaters as separate programs — keeps each collection interesting, even when the quality varies…

Embracing a Fantasy from Their Pixar Past

THE NEW YORK TIMES・JAN 29, 2015

This year’s nominees for the Oscar for animated short film cover a variety of subjects and styles. But the film that has generated the most excitement among professional animators is “The Dam Keeper,” a painterly short by Daisuke Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo…

Oscar Animation Nominees Explain the Big Ideas behind Little Films

FASTCOCREATE.COM・JAN 27, 2015

Feature-length animation Academy Award nominees venture outside the computer-generated norm this year with charming exercises in old-school techniques like Song of the Sea, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya and The Boxtrolls. ..

Pixar Alums Turn to Directing with Animated Short Contender ‘The Dam Keeper’

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER・JAN 08, 2015

Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi — two former Pixar art directors with credits including Toy Story 3 and Monsters University — gave their new banner Tonko House an impressive start: The first project, which they wrote and directed, is a moving…