Toshi wo Totta Wani

The Old Crocodile

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Japanese: 年をとった鰐
English: The Old Crocodile
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 25, 2005
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Licensors: None found, add some
Source: Picture book
Genres: Award WinningAward Winning, DramaDrama
Duration: 12 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 6.231 (scored by 15361,536 users)
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Ranked: #83382
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Popularity: #9830
Members: 3,287
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A very old crocodile, so old that he had witnessed the building of the pyramids, was suffering from rheumatism, and no longer able to catch his food. In desperation, he decided to eat his great grand son. Although his thousands of years of longevity entitled him to much respect, the family decided he would have to be put down.

Unable to bear the disrespect of his family, the old crocodile said goodbye to the Nile. One day the old crocodile met an octopus. The octopus treated her new friend to a variety of fish that she caught just for him. When the night fell, he couldn’t restrain himself from eating one of the octopus’s legs. Since then, the old crocodile began to help himself to the octopus’ leg every night…

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Winner of the Excellence Award on the 9th Japan Media Arts Festival.

Characters & Voice Actors


Yamamura, Koji
Director, Episode Director, Script, Key Animation, Special Effects, In-Between Animation, Background Art, Creator, Editing


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Jul 13, 2011
Mixed Feelings
The Old Crocodile feels like an anime version of one of Aesop's fables. However, as the credits rolled, I was struggling to sort out what the moral was supposed to be.

The English voicing is excellent, and Peter Barakan's voice brings to mind narration of Madeline or Curious George from my childhood. This anime short would stand in good stead in that company, with a very similar tone and feel. One is left with the vague idea that they are watching children's PBS broadcasting.

The characters are strange, and as I initially wondered why anyone would create this, as it clearly seems aimed ...
Dec 5, 2022
This feels like one of Yamamura's more commercial works, and I wouldn't be surprised if it were commissioned. The art is simple and childlike and a tad crude, but it can be charming when it comes to the animation, though it's nothing very exceptional, especially with the more abstract and dramatic forms Yamamura has committed to the medium. Yeah, this must be one of his worst, other than some of the quite amateurish early credits, and even as a committed Yamamura fan, I saw this as a completionist nope for the longest time.

It's like some kind of fable without much of a lesson, and ...


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wtf why japanize the name of THIS of all things
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