The creature design in 47 Ronin was just mind-blowingly good

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We weren't crazy about 47 Ronin as a movie — but it had absolutely stunning creature design, based on Japanese mythological beasts and monsters. And now, concept art shop Framestore has released a ton of concept art showing their take on the Kirin, the dragon and others.

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Framestore (which has collaborated with io9 in the past) did a ton of work on the movie's creatures. As Kevin Jenkins, Art Director & Lead Concept Artist, explains:

After some initial work was done by the Production Design team, myself and my team then handled all creature and effects designs for the show. All the designs were meant as a tribute to the wonderful Miyazaki movies, as that was the Director's inspiration as well.

I was especially pleased with the dragon design as this was a last minute addition and was a sequence added well after production had wrapped. I produced the initial sketches for the dragon, which then were worked up by the team and handed over to VFX.

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Check out some more of our favorites, featuring the aforementioned dragon as well as the kirin and some other beasties, below. And see more over at the Framestore blog, here and here.

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I had a lot of fun in this movie - I mean, it's not Shakespeare, but it was one of the few American movies with a LOT of Japanese folklore. If people don't watch it - Hollywood won't make more movies with Japanese folklore in it.

I realize I'm probably older than most IO9 readers, but I was a comic book fan during the 70s and up. This means I'm comparing Captain America: The Winter Soldier to this:

Could 47 Ronin have been better? Oh yeah. But it could have been worse on a Plan 9 from Outer Space scale.