Daru, a cherished handmade stuffed toy, gets lost and separated from its owner one day when at the airport. Determined to find her again, Daru sets out on a journey around the world in search of her. As time passes, the girl begins to forget about Daru. Will Daru be able to find and see his beloved owner again?
Traveling Daru is a short 10-minute film about a young girl who loses her plush toy as her family leaves for America and the journey the toy named Daru takes to reunite with her. It’s extremely sentimental in that the journey visits many sites while also cutting to the girl as she grows up. The loss of the toy has a profound effect on her life as she vividly remembers what it looked like even as she goes into running her own business. Daru’s journey is at times uplifting and depressing, but it wonderfully works out in the end after having traveled the
other way around the world to see her again.
Contentwise, The film has no dialogue, but still expertly tell the story with underlying message of its main character; Daru itself is based on Japanese traditional toy called Daruma dolls, which is seen as a symbol of perseverance. Despite being separated by time and distance, he never gives up. Instead he decided to travel around the world, seeking for the information of its owner by talking with another dolls, animal and souvenirs from different country despite many years have gone.
Visually the film was pretty to look at. Most of the animation is this eloquent blend of computer generated and traditional animation. Colors are bold and vivid as the scenes involving a setting sun are often the most wonderful. The sea, filled with choppy and flowing waves of water, is also impressively animated to a realistic extent. Daru's journey literally takes him all over the world; from various cities, to the countryside even to the South Pole. A lot of the landmarks in this short should be familiar to a lot of people, regardless of whether they've actually been there.
The music is essential to the emotional impact of the film. These songs that mostly revolve around fanciful yet engrossing strings and joyously upbeat piano arrangements seem to add an extra layer of innocence to the film.
A beautiful, calming short that is well worth watching!
Story - 7
It's obviously not got a filled out story, only being 10 minutes long, but that was enough time too draw you into what story there was. The pace was quick but not rushed and that was enabled by the soundtrack which sped it along in the initial stages. My attention didn't waver once because immediately I was interested in the journeys of a tiny, little stuffed toy (presumably made by the young girl) and where it was going. There is no dialogue (apart from 2 sentences at the end in English) but this in
no way hinders the story, it makes your senses become more acutely aware of the sounds going on in the background and various images in each scene. There was also a lot of symbolism used in the centre and in the backgrounds, for example. the butterfly spreading it's wings after being trapt in the coccoon, it foretold of the final journey to be had by the stuffed toy. The ending was a mixture of both happy and sad, it was the ending you would expect and also not in some ways I think. The last scene after the credits really brought a smile to my face.
Art - 9
It had the most spectacular sky scenes, I almost gasped during one of the scenes. The character designs are relatively simple and the main girl looks very ordinary. Careful precision has been made with many of the scenes, such as the reflection in the window as the girl touches the glass, the wind through the scarecrows hair and waterdroplets on the ground. I think it's the precision that adds a new dimension to the TN:TD.
Sound - 9
It starts with a fast-paced 50's style trumpet tune that allows the story to move through time very quickly. It then slows to a peaceful guitar and piano song, the standstill of time when both the stuffed toy and the girl are in deep contemplation and a sense of loneliness comes through the music. Then the music stops for the sound of the waterdroplet, it is after this that piano music emerges which then changes to violins/cellos that make you feel uplifted and hopeful. The music is extremely effective, it substitutes the lack of dialogue perfectly. You could shut your eyes and almost follow the story from the music alone.
Character - 6
Not much to say on character as it is so short and there is no dialogue till right at the end. We come to understand that the stuffed toy has never stopped wanting to reach the girl throughout the story. The girl is shown in the beginning to be devastated to loose her toy and then as the story moves on and she grows up we come to understand that she has become a fashion designer. She seems to be finding inspiration difficult and she is frustrated, you see that she also still thinks about the stuffed toy she lost many years before. At the end you see that she has never forgotten about this stuffed toy even though her life has moved on such a long way.
Enjoyment - 9
Really surprised by how much I have enjoyed this short, I came out feeling good and optimistic. It really reinforces the value of determination. I was happy at the end but also managed to feel really sad in the middle and the end as well, for something with little time to make me feel, lonely, sad and happy must be good.
Overall - 8
Definitely worth the little time it takes, it took me by surprise and maybe it will you too. It may seem like a childish tale of a stuffed toy that walks and journeys but actually I felt it could be shown to all ages. Everything about this short wasn't lacklustre or lazy, it was done precision and careful planning, there were tiny details and clever symbolism that scattered the backgrounds and made it eye catching and interesting.
It's a short ( xx mins. < 30 mins.)
It lacks dialogue (mostly...)
--Despite the short having less than 5 sentences, the story is told through the journey of a little handmade toy that was left behind by his owner in a rush to board her plane with the parents. Daru, the toy, ventures to return to his beloved owner and along the way he travels to many countries, searching for her by asking various other objects and animals. He even manages to make a small companion friend, a caterpillar, whom he protects from the elements when he finds that
it turns into a cocoon.
--It's not amazing, but it is charming and very cute. In some scenes there was a lot of thought and details put into certain objects. Sometimes the art/animation is absolutely outstanding; one such case is when they showcase the night sky with the clouds (Around the 2 min. mark). Since Daru is traveling around the world, it is easy to note where he's has gone to by paying attention to the background.
--Charming. It's very simple and relaxing and in my opinion, the music suits the mood of the scene wonderfully. From the excitement to the hopeless moments, the music is a perfect match without being too overpowering for the scene, but neither lacking in emotion either.
--There are really only two characters to focus on, and though while neither really talk much, there is a lot of heart they both have. The owner and Daru both display loyalty and love for one another in their remembrance of each other and determination (In Daru's case) to reunite.
--While others have expressed lack of interest or enjoyment from this short, perhaps because it IS short and they think it lacks a story, I find this little anime to be quite charming and thoroughly heartwarming. It most definitely reminds me of pixar's shorts--little to no dialogue, but a story behind the actions of the characters and emotion that can be felt. I suppose it takes a certain kind of person to find this enjoyable. It's quite quaint, but it is very cute. If you're anything like me, if you can relate to and understand the message without it being thrown in your face, you'll like this. I quite like this little anime a lot. I love the simplicity of it, as well as the ending. It's nothing powerful and amazing but it's simply the same as enjoying a beautiful day. It's not so much what you did with your time, but just enjoying it for being what it is. Though it looks quite childish, I do believe that a mature audience can take pleasure from this sort of piece.
--It's simply very cute and charming. It tells a great story given the time frame. The music is wonderful. The art is simple sometimes and amazing other times. The characters truly show heart for one another. I thoroughly enjoyed this, and because it's so short, it's worth sparing 10 minutes and enjoying it for what it is.
When you just woke up in the morning, have a bad day, want to have a short break, or just don't have anything to do (but add up another great anime to your list ^_~), try this little treasure of a short anime because it surely won't disappoint you.
At the first minute, I thought Tabisuru Nuigurumi: Traveling Daru is like Toy Story, but it is not. The story, the main character Daru in search of its owner, successfully delivers in a smooth and chronological manner, sending its message to the audience in just a 10-minute span with its colorful, artistic drawing of
the characters and scenes a bit similar to Studio Ghibli's 90s films (though much modern) and heightened with only beautiful calming music, perfect sound effects and very minimal dialogue.
As the story develops, so do the characters, I actually don't agree with some of the reviews here that says there isn't much character development. Maybe because they're forgetting that movies, short videos, music videos, ONAs and OVAs are different from TV series that they thought that it's the same type of character development that they should watch out for. Well, I thought not because they should have seen the growth of Daru and its owner. Like a butterfly, Daru grows in its travel from determination to depression, to hopeful and then back to determination, and then happiness and contentment again while its owner, on the other hand, can be seen growing from a child to an adult. Their feelings towards each other is so remarkable over distance and time.
Overall, Tabisuru Nuigurumi: Traveling Daru is a light, cute and heartwarming anime that reminds us of those moments that anyone can relate: losing and finding those precious things to us.