this is exactly as the synopsis says. Tezuka's Jumping is about a boy who goes on a walk, that turns into a jump that just keeps getting bigger and bigger each time his feet leave the ground. oh the places he goes and the things he sees. there is no story beyond that, but the sounds are kooky, yet appropriate, the art is the same Tezuka we've come to know and love and as for enjoyment, this is a very good way to spend 6 minutes of your life...so many little quirks and easter eggs
Its premise is simple, but what makes this short so engaging is its extraordinary execution. Tezuka, along with a few other rather skillful people, pour in a stupendous amount of effort only to be met with worthwhile results. The visual perspective we see is from a child's point-of-view whilst plummeting and rebounding across several spots. He travels throughout a forest, cityscape, ocean, and, ultimately, an active war field. Although being a Japanese production, Jumping features character designs that have a more classic western cartoon flavor to them, effectively making this short feel moderately more special compared to other anime of the time. Animation moves rather
smoothly for being a short produced with a limited staff/budget during the 1980's. The detail in the line art is very well-rendered, whether it's the minuscule leaves on a giant tree or the intricate, painstakingly drawn windows of an extremely tall building, it's all given considerable attention. The constantly moving, crosshatch-heavy shading also adds some more personality to the already wonderful realistic art. Jumping also manages to pack in a wonderful sight gag, Stars Wars reference, and small, but potent, message regarding war and its undeniably ruinous effects, despite only clocking around seven minutes. In short, this is quite successful in what it sets out to do, and it's one of Tezuka's finest experimental works
Osamu Tezuka, “the godfather of manga,” produced a number of influential works that have stood the test of time and uplifted the medium into a status of being a reputable source of great artistic/contemplative experiences. Disenchanted, however, with the lack of enthusiasm in experimentation within the medium, Tezuka decided to “make something” to prove his worth and possibly win an award — or several. Hence the production of a short film known simply as “Jumping,” where the viewer vicariously perceives the intense thrill of jumping (via a first-person point of view) through various environments for a breathtaking six minutes.
The boundless leaping from one
brobdingnagian structure to the next is immensely thrilling. But what begins as mere observation and wonder, slowly transitions to an unnerving atmosphere with gruesome acts of militarized intervention which resemble hell itself. Not all surprising that “Jumping” concludes the horrific journey with a trip to the fiery inferno of hell, giving the viewer an intense juxtaposition between the peaceful atmosphere of privileged, first-world citizens and the wretched habitat of the third-world “battlefield.”
Certainly a unique creation by Mr. Tezuka that deserves appreciation and respect. Modern day directors should look towards the works of the past — particularly Tezuka’s — if they hope to continually push the medium to new heights of creative intrigue.
Wow! Who knew looking through anime from the 80s would let me find such a breath of fresh air?
This short anime, directed by the acclaimed Tezuka Osamu, is about a child that starts walking down the street and has to jump to avoid an accident. After that, he decides to keep jumping and goes higher and further each time.
The awesome thing about this (at least for me) is that it is all in first person perspective the entire time. Perhaps there were other anime shorts that used first person before Osamu thought of the idea, but this is the first one that I know of,
and it's a blast to watch. The sound effects add a great deal of enjoyment to it as well.
If you enjoy the evolution of animation, or even just want to see all of Tezuka Osamu's works, I wholeheartedly recommend giving this one a watch. It is short, sweet, and worth every minute!