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Tsumiki no Ie

Tsumiki no Ie

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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)

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Elderly Man
Elderly Man


Kato, Kunio
Producer, Director

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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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Sep 6, 2009
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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Both are from the same producer, relaxing scenes, no talking.
Both stories tell a man's life without dialogue in imaginative ways. Perhaps the greatest aspect of both is how a story of a person's life can be told in such a short amount of time. Furiko clocks in about 3 minutes while Small Cubes took about 10 minutes. With a twist of creativity, a normal life is told within minutes that creates a lasting impression on anyone who appreciates simplicity and art.

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