Ranked #4844

Toshi wo Totta Wani

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: The Old Crocodile
Japanese: 年をとった鰐


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 25, 2005
Source: Unknown
Genres: Drama
Duration: 13 min.
Rating: G - All Ages
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Score: 6.541 (scored by 778 users)
Ranked: #48442
Popularity: #5330
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A very old crocodile, so old that he had witnessed the building of the pyramids, was suffering from rheumatism, and no longer able to catch his food. In desperation, he decided to eat his great grand son. Although his thousands of years of longevity entitled him to much respect, the family decided he would have to be put down.

Unable to bear the disrespect of his family, the old crocodile said goodbye to the Nile. One day the old crocodile met an octopus. The octopus treated her new friend to a variety of fish that she caught just for him. When the night fell, he couldn’t restrain himself from eating one of the octopus’s legs. Since then, the old crocodile began to help himself to the octopus’ leg every night…

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Old Crocodile
Old Crocodile


Yamamura, Koji
Yamamura, Koji
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May 3, 2012
The Old Crocodile is a wonderful parable about nothing. It's a kids story without a moral. It has the inevitable twist, the fairy tale like linear plot with numerical points. It's easily remembered, visually pleasing, has a nice narration, indeed we could hardly ask anything more of it.

A warning to Sudanese viewers, the representation of your countrymen can be perceived as less than flattering, but rest assured this was a most innocent plot device used for an ingenious twist.

As a short narrative animated piece The Old Crocodile is a masterpiece, begetting the true fact that life has no real approachable set of ideals that we read more
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Jul 13, 2011
The Old Crocodile feels like an anime version of one of Aesop's fables. However, as the credits rolled, I was struggling to sort out what the moral was supposed to be.

The English voicing is excellent, and Peter Barakan's voice brings to mind narration of Madeline or Curious George from my childhood. This anime short would stand in good stead in that company, with a very similar tone and feel. One is left with the vague idea that they are watching children's PBS broadcasting.

The characters are strange, and as I initially wondered why anyone would create this, as it clearly seems aimed read more
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Both are short anime with old animation. Both have simple story with moral lesson. Both are about greedy man/animal. 
reportRecommended by abystoma2
Anime: Bavel no Hon
Both of these are strikingly animated shorts by Koji Yamamura. They feature a dark atmosphere and the threat being eaten. Fans of Yamamura should check out both. 
reportRecommended by Neane93
Anime: Inaka Isha
Old Crocodile is about anthromorphised animals and is presented in a straightforward narrative while A Country Doctor is about humans and is dense, elliptical and paranoid. However, each have a grim, pessimistic outlook and were directed by Koji Yamamura. If you liked one the other is certainly worth a look. 
reportRecommended by Neane93
Anime: Nekojiru-sou
Two darkly humourous and visually distinct arthouse animes about animals. The Old Crocodile has a more coherent story (and less anthropomorphised animals), but I think generally Cat Soup will appeal to fans of that, and vice-versa. Cat Soup is more disturbing in its imagery, while the Old Crocodile is more disturbing in its story. 
reportRecommended by Neane93
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Interesting animation style, simple story telling, short and visually enjoyable.  
reportRecommended by klausfish

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Retro8bit - Sep 19, 2009
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Jul 8, 2012 9:46 PM
wtf why japanize the name of THIS of all things
simo000 - Jul 8, 2010
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