Yesterday, Sunday March 11, marked the one-year anniversary of “311”, the now-infamous date on which a massive, 9.0-magnitude earthquake and an accompanying tsunami took the lives of over 20,000 people in Japan, leaving the country in ruins. Even a year later, the rebuilding process continues; to help facilitate it, Pixar Art Director Daisuke Tsutsumi has revived the “Artists Help Japan” fundraiser. Starting this past Saturday and continuing through April 3, the group is auctioning off some tantalizing collector’s items via eBay, with all funds going to support relief efforts.
There will be 60 lots available in total, with 15 being auctioned off each week of the fundraiser. Items currently available include an official Brave hat autographed by that film’s director Mark Andrews and a number of original sketches from Pixar artists. Hit the jump to find out more.
“Artists Help Japan” was the brainchild of Pixar Art Director Daisuke Tsutsumi. Per Stitch Kingdom, in the wake of the disaster, its initial efforts raised over $200, 000 in relief funds; those proceeds and the ones from this leg of the fundraiser all go to Mercy Corps Japan, which runs a number of recovery programs in the country.
Pixar has spent years enriching our lives with its beautiful, stirring animated tales. The opportunity to add an original Buzz Lightyear sketch or an autographed “Art of Wall-E” book signed by Andrew Stanton (which at present, is going for $127.50) should be appealing enough in its own right. But the pieces being made available now are also in support of the noblest of causes. We here at Collider encourage everyone to check the auction out and help make life just a little bit easier for some people who deserve a break, to say the least.