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Tsumiki no Ie

Tsumiki no Ie

Alternative Titles

English: La Maison en Petits Cubes
Synonyms: House of Small Cubes
Japanese: つみきのいえ


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jun 10, 2008
Producers: Oh! Production, Robot
Genres: Drama
Duration: 12 min. per episode
Rating: G - All Ages
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An old man lives in a town that has become submerged in water. As the water level rises, he's forced to build additional levels onto his home with bricks (cubes) in order to stay above water. One day he accidentally drops his favorite pipe into the lower levels of his home, and decides to rent scuba diving equipment in order to go searching for it. As he descends through his sunken home, the old man recalls memories of the past in each room.

(Source: ANN)

Characters & Voice Actors

Elderly Man
Elderly Man


Kato, Kunio
Kato, Kunio
Producer, Director

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Jun 19, 10:54 PM
As all my reviews start; where do I possibly begin?

Tsumiki no Ie or La Maison en Petits (House of Ice Cubes) is undoubtedly, a masterpiece. Using 12 minutes of your time, about one-fifth of an hour and approximately 726 seconds, it tells a story that needs no words (literally) and perhaps it might invoke something in you.

Thought-Provoking at best, symbolic, beautiful and simple. It doesn't need dialogue to express the protagonist's emotions, it doesn't need great animation to tell the tale. With a soothing tune in the background to complement the story, it is more than enough.

Like every person including the protagonist; our life begins read more
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Feb 14, 2011 4:45 PM
Twelve minutes.

That’s all it takes.

You don’t need 26 episodes. You don’t need 13 episodes. Hell, you don’t even need an hour. You only need 12 minutes.

You only need 12 minutes to have one of the most absorbing, thought provoking, melancholic, bittersweet, beautiful and calm (all at the same time) moments of your life. Le Maison en Petits Cubes (The House of Small Cubes) is proof of that.

This Oscar winning short film (yes, you read right, this anime won an Academy Award in the category Best Animated Short Film in 2009) is about a grumpy old man who builds additional levels onto his home in read more
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Sep 6, 2009 1:26 PM
Maison en Petit Cubes is a metaphorical and heartfelt exploration of everything that lies behind an old man`s seemingly meaningless existence. His world is flooded, and all the houses that managed to keep above the water have been stacked like pyramids, with each living space getting progressively smaller. Our lethargic old man`s now jail cell sized room has just been flooded, so he gets to work building yet another, smaller room at the top of his house. As he works, he drops his pipe into the water. Unwilling to part with it, he dawns diving gear and goes through each level of his house to read more
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Dec 18, 2014 3:34 PM
This short masterpiece, La maison en petits cubes is so wonderfully breathtakingly beautiful I almost cried. No wonder it won an academy award. For a short with no dialogue it spoke so much in twelve minutes.

One thing I loved about La maison en petits cubes is the art, but beware its not for everyone. Why I loved the art so much is that it fit the story so well I couldn't imagine modern art for this or any different art for that matter.

The idea of a town under water and a old man living alone after everyone else had died or left the read more
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