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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
L represents licensing company


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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)


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Characters & Voice Actors

Elderly Man
Elderly Man


Kato, Kunio
Kato, Kunio
Producer, Director

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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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Apr 6, 2011 11:27 AM
Who ever said you need 90 minutes to tell a story?
The House of Little Bricks is a short feature around the life of a lonely old man in a flooded world. It looks simplistic at first but also extraordinary at how much plot, character emersion and scenario depth they installed in just 10 minutes.

Speaking about depth, the feature literally uses it to tell a story. The old man finds his favourite smoking pipe dropping in a flooded part of his house and thus goes scuba-diving in order to get it back. That allows us to have a flashback that goes in reverse, as we slowly read more
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Apr 28, 1:13 PM

If you are feeling "artsy" and have 12 minutes to spare in your busy schedule, I would highly recommend checking out "House of Small Cubes". This was one of only 2 anime to ever win an Oscar. The other was Spirited Away in 2002. What is this anime and how did it win? I will try to explain.

Technique: A history lesson of the total silence symbolism genre of film.

WARNING!!! If you either don't care about the history of this film genre or already know the history, then please skip this next paragraph! Otherwise it will be boring!!!

The first thing you will notice about read more
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