Tonko House Exhibition

Cheongdam-dong, May 3rd to August 31st 2019

Tonko House is an animation studio based in Berkeley, California, founded by two former Pixar art directors Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi.  Tonko House projects span an array of media platforms such as films, books, games and educational materials with an objective “… to create stories that deliver entertainment and awareness for people of all ages.” 

The Dam Keeper (animated short)

*2015 Oscar nominee, Best Short Film Animated

*2015 Annie Award nominee, Best Animated Short Subject

Pig: The Dam Keeper Poems (TV Short Series)

*2018 Annecy Cristal Award winner, TV Production

*Distributed on NHK and Hulu Japan

The Dam Keeper (graphic novel – trilogy)

*2018 Eisner award nominee, Best Publication for Teens

Tonko House Key Members

Robert Kondo

(Co-founder, Tonko House)

Born and raised in southern California, Robert Kondo graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where he studied illustration and design with Norm Schureman. Robert joined Pixar Animation Studios in July 2002, and worked as a sets art director on several of the studio’s feature films including Academy Award and Golden Globe Award winning “Ratatouille,” “Monsters University,” “Wall-E,” and “Toy Story 3.” Some of Kondo’s earlier influences that led him to the animation field include Disney animated films and Hayao Miyazaki’s films. He loves the visual solutions that artists offered in telling stories from around the world. In 2015, Kondo joined Pixar alumni Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi to start Tonko House, and create the Academy Award nominated short “The Dam Keeper.”

  • Ratatouille (2007) (set art director)

  • WALL·E (2008) (art director)

  • Toy Story 3 (2010) (set art director)

  • Monsters University (2013) (art director: set design and shading)

  • The Dam Keeper (2014) (co-director, producer)

  • Pig: The Dam Keeper Poems (2017) (executive producer)

  • Coco (2017) (visual development artist)

Daisuke ‘Dice’ Tsutsumi 

(Co-founder, Tonko House)

Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, Dice moved to New York where he enrolled at the School of Visual Arts. Dice was a visual development/color key artist for Blue Sky Studios (“Ice Age,” “Robots,” “Horton Hears A Who”). Joining Pixar in 2007, Dice has worked on the studio’s Academy Award winning films “WALL•E,” “Toy Story 3,” and “Monsters University.” Initially lured to animation from academic oil painting field, Tsutsumi’s love of films developed through his relationships with talented coworkers and he pursues his passion towards making a difference through art. He spearheaded both The Totoro Forest Project and Sketchtravel. He left Pixar and co-founded Tonko House with Robert Kondo to continue his journey to keep learning as an artist and to make a difference through art. Dice is married to Mei Okuyamai, the niece of acclaimed anime director Hayao Miyazaki and the inspiration for Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro’s Mei character.

  • Ice Age (2002) (matte painting/color stylist art)

  • Robots (2005) (lead color key artist/additional design)

  • Horton Hears a Who (2008) (lead color design)

  • Toy Story 3 (2010) (color and lighting art director)
  • Cars 2 (2011) (voice role: sushi chef)

  • Cars 2: The Video Game (2011) (voice role: sushi chef)

  • Monsters University (2013) (lighting design and character shading art director)

  • The Dam Keeper (2014) (co-director)

Erick Oh 

(Director, Tonko House)

Erick Oh is an artist of Korean origin, living and working in California. Eric graduated from Seoul National University with a BA in Fine Arts and earned a Master’s Degree in Film from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). He later joined Pixar Studios and worked as an animator to produce works such as “Cars 2,” “Monster University,” “Inside Out,” and “Finding Dory.” Erick also devotes himself to creating his own independent films. His independent films have been introduced and nominated at Student Academy Awards, Annecy Animation Festival, Hiroshima Animation Festival, Zagreb Animation Festival, Siggraph, Anima Mundi, Ars Electronica, Angelus Film Festival, Cleveland Film Festival and numerous other film festivals. After Pixar, Erick joined Robert and Dice at Tonko House and directed the Annecy Cristal Award winning “Pig: The Dam Keeper Poems.”  Erick continues to actively create and direct new independent and Tonko House projects. 

  • Cars 2 (2011) (fix animator)

  • Brave (2012) (fix and additional animator)

  • Monsters University (2013) (animator)

  • The Dam Keeper (2014) (supervising animator)

  • Inside Out (2015) (animator)

  • Finding Dory (2016 (animator)

  • Pig: The Dam Keeper Poems (2017) (director)

Jaehee “JJ” Song

(Visual Dev. Artist, Tonko House)

Jaehee “JJ” Song is a concept and visual development artist for feature and TV animation. She graduated with a BFA in Industrial and Product Design from Kookmin University, South Korea, and MFA in Visual Development at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. At present, she is an artist at Tonko House, while also working on her personal animated short film, “Wishing Star”. JJ loves character design. She puts her heart and soul into designing concepts for animation. Her passion in art makes her tick. Besides studio work, she also enjoys plein air sketching, and leisure sports such as snowboarding things that help her stay healthy and positive in life.

  • Academy of Art University (2016) (Spring Show, cinematic moment of animation 1st place)

  • Academy of Art University (2016) (Spring Show, character design 1st place)

  • Sonder – short animated VR film (2016) (concept art, visual development works)

  • Pig: The Dam Keeper Poems (2017) (sole artist)

  • The Dam Keeper, World without Darkness – graphic novel (2017) (art)
Exhibition Hours:

Tues-Fri: 11am to 8pm; Sat: 1030am to 8pm; Sun & public holidays: 11-630pm; Mon: closed
*Last ticket purchase 1 hour before closing time

Exhibition Location:

Sama Building: 440, Apgujeong-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 06015

Ticket Sales:

On-site & through Interpark

Directions:

2 min walk from Apgujeong Roodeo Station Bundang line Exit number 3

Directly across from Cheongdam Elementary School Bus Station; Bus #143, 240, 362, 4318, 4419

Limited on-site parking available

EVENT LOCATION

Sama Building: 440, Apgujeong-ro,
Gangnam-gu, Seoul 06015