Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Japanese cartoon from 1933

Posted to YouTube is a rare find indeed, an 11-minute cartoon made by Toho in 1933:

Title: UGOKIE-KO-RI-NO-TATEHIKI (1933)
(Moving Picture: Fox and Asian Raccoon Tricking Each Other)
Director:Ikuo Oishi

In old Japan, foxes and tanuki (Asian raccoons) were considered to have almost mystical powers of disguise, deception, and trickery. In this cartoon, a fox disguised as a samurai uses its magic against a mother-and-child pair of tanuki at a ruined temple. The drawing style shows the influence of Max Fleischer on early Japanese animation.





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