Kumo to Tulip

The Spider and the Tulip

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Kumo to Chuurippu
Japanese: くもとちゅうりっぷ
English: The Spider and the Tulip
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 15, 1943
Producers: Shochiku
Licensors: Funimation
Source: Picture book
Genre: AdventureAdventure
Duration: 14 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


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A spider attempts to lure a ladybug into his web. When she manages to escape and hide in a tulip, a storm comes that batters the spider, while the ladybug remains safe.


Kumo to Tulip is based on a fairy tale of the same name created by writer Michiko Yokoyama (1895–1986), the original of which was compiled as part of the 1939 book Yoiko Tsuyoiko illustrated by Youko Tooyama (1904–1958).

Characters & Voice Actors


Masaoka, Kenzou
Director, Episode Director, Script, Director of Photography
Kumaki, Kiichirou
Kumakawa, Masao
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Apr 5, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Well, unlike other reviewers, I have some actual respect for the intelligence of those watching this short film. Are racist stereotypes involved? Yes. Does this mean you're doing literal violence and harm to actual human beings by watching this film? No.

Anyone with half a brain can distinguish between different aspects of any creative work. This is an important historical artifact and can be evaluated on a variety of metrics. One can still appreciate certain features of the film without condemning the whole. And a thorough analysis involves such holistic consideration. Otherwise, how does anyone even read anything from the entirety of civilization's beginnings to, say, ...
Feb 12, 2021
I see a lot of comments of the spider being blatant black face. But given the pre-occupation timing of the art piece, I'm hesitant to label the tag onto this short. Is there any evidence that it indeed was an attempt at racial fear mongering? The parallels are certainly there to see, but I am reluctant to ascribe intent to a work of a time period I am not familiar with intimately.

However the racist stereotypical parallels are just too blatant to ignore. The spider is the literal definition of the "coon caricature" at work. The awkward contrast of the anthropomorphized ladybug having a typical Japanese ...

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