Ranked #201

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
Source: Original
Genres: Drama
Duration: 12 min.
Rating: G - All Ages
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.321 (scored by 22,149 users)
Ranked: #2012
Popularity: #1136
Members: 36,352
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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)


Tsumiki no Ie received the 2008 Oscar Award for Best Animated Short Film.

Characters & Voice Actors

Elderly Man
Elderly Man


Kato, Kunio
Kato, Kunio
Producer, Director

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Nov 1, 2015
We have saying that Action speaks louder than words.

La Maison en Petits Cubes did that perfectly within just 12 minutes. You heard me right. The main character is not your ordinary main characters which mostly are young individuals that limit to the range of young adults towards mature adults. The main star of the show is an “Old Man”. He doesn’t have a name and it’s not important and it won’t affect what a masterpiece House Small Cubes is.

Everybody ask, what is so special about this anime anyway? What is so special about an old man in a 12 minute short film? And read more
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Feb 14, 2011
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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Apr 28, 2015

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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Jul 14, 2015
When a message is made so short that only what is essential is communicated, is it a full message, or merely a reflection of the truth?

This anime is a masterpiece because it is more about the questions than the answers associated with them.

And because it is so short, there really isn't a reason not to watch this. Its simply a work of art that will force you to question your own life, and the meaning you build each and everyday you live it.

Did the man really appreciate things as they were happening? Or is he appreciating them now, now that they are read more
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