Nonsense Monogatari Dai Ippen: Sarugashima

Nonsense Story, Volume 1: Monkey Island

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Synonyms: Nansensu Monogatari Daiichi-hen: Sarugashima, Nonsense Story, Vol.1:Monkey Island
Japanese: 難船ス物語 第一篇 猿ケ島
English: Nonsense Story, Volume 1: Monkey Island
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 10, 1931
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Source: Original
Genre: AdventureAdventure
Duration: 24 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


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One of the first films of Kenzou Masaoka about a baby raised by monkeys on an island.


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May 5, 2020
"Monkey Island" is surprisingly interesting, on a kind of meta level. Because there's a lot of anime from this time period (many of which can be found at that have this type of simplistic art and animation, and this style of purely visual, gag based comedy. But unlike its contemporaries, Monkey Island comes across almost disturbingly cynical, in addition to being baffling and insane.

The film opens with a ship at sea, beset by a sudden storm (with cloud and sea spray beautifully rendered by way of what appears to be sand overlaid on the image). An infant in a box goes overboard, and cries/shouts ...
Feb 12, 2021
Mixed Feelings
Nonsense Story: Monkey Island is pretty whimsical in its narrative and pretty experimental with its animation techniques. The introduction is particularly breathtaking, with some use of physical particles smudged on celluloid to create sea sprays and chemical processing on film to create rather three dimensional clouds. There's a thematic motif throughout the film, where the sole human has been animated with a frame fluidity that the monkeys have not. The monkeys instead have been animated at half the required frame speed (8 fps) to give them a stop motion like discontinuous motion effect.

The theme of evolution is constantly played with through the runtime, albeit in ...

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