The recent Studio Ghibli release, “Kimitachi wa Dou Ikiru ka” (The Boy and the Heron), premiered in Japanese theaters in July 2023 and is set to hit Brazilian cinemas on February 22 this year.
With the film’s international debut, a Colombian woman fooled the local media, falsely claiming to be part of the film’s production team.
Global Shame: Colombian “Ilustrator” Lies about Working on new Ghibli Movie
What exactly happened? A woman named Geraldine Fernández publicly asserted that she had worked on the film “Kimitachi wa Dou Ikiru ka,” Ghibli’s latest. The film won the Golden Globe, a celebrated achievement, particularly for Colombians who were thrilled to see a compatriot involved in the production of a Japanese film from a renowned studio, especially one that received a Golden Globe.
¿Cómo empezó la polémica? Todo empezó porque #GeraldineFernandez publicó un video en sus redes sociales en el que aseguró que trabajó con los Estudios #Ghibli haciendo más de 25 mil dibujos para las escenas del filme. pic.twitter.com/KJKdgH4Aoi
— Última Hora Col (@ultimahoracol_) January 16, 2024
Geraldine Fernández posted a video on her social media confirming her remote work on the film, creating illustrations: “Never in my 30 years did I think I could work for Studio Ghibli, be part of the production, not just in the latest film but in Hayao Miyazaki’s farewell film. It’s hard to believe,” she said.
The news gained prominence on various Colombian websites and even in reputable newspapers, as shown in the image below with a photo of Geraldina and her story.
As the news spread on social media, some illustrators scrutinized Geraldina’s claims, stating that she produced over 25,000 frames for the film, among other declarations. Many illustrators accused her of lying.
Julieta Colás, who worked on anime like “Tengoku Daimakyou,” “Trigun: STAMPEDE,” “Ranking of Kings,” and “Sand Land,” commented on the case: “This lady is saying she worked on Kimitachi wa Dou Ikiru ka, claimed she personally drew 25,000 frames alone in Colombia, and that Miyazaki knows who she is. She calls herself an ILLUSTRATOR all the time but never showed an illustration. THE BALLS TO LIE.”
Julieta Colás also posted: “Let me reiterate: She is personally asserting that she ‘illustrated’ (her words) 25,000 frames of the film. That is equivalent to 35 minutes. A woman who creates fake planners in Colombia is claiming to have animated 35 minutes of a Studio Ghibli production as remote freelance work. By the way, she blocked me.”
Fans then went to the ultimate source, the film credits, searching for Geraldina Fernández’s name. A search confirmed that her name was not there. “Unless she changed her name or wasn’t credited for some reason, she is not in the film credits. See the complete credits for reference (there are two foreigners, but none with her name),” stated the Animétudes profile.
After being exposed for lying about being part of the “Kimitachi wa Dou Ikiru ka” film, Geraldine Fernández vanished from social media, deleted her profiles, and her story is now known worldwide as a disgrace.
Geraldine Fernández admite que mintió: "Trabajé en un par de escenas de “El niño y la garza”, exageré" pic.twitter.com/49XBFWNJ9R
— Prófugos del Ácido Fólico 2.0 (@esdeprofugos2) January 17, 2024
EL HERALDO fija su posición frente al caso de Geraldine Fernández: pic.twitter.com/WA2QaJzJRP
— EL HERALDO (@elheraldoco) January 16, 2024
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