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Tsumiki no Ie


Alternative Titles

English: La Maison en Petits Cubes
Synonyms: House of Small Cubes
Japanese: つみきのいえ

Information

Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jun 10, 2008
Producers: Robot
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Oh! Production
Source: Original
Genres: Drama
Duration: 12 min.
Rating: G - All Ages

Statistics

Score: 8.281 (scored by 25,730 users)
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Ranked: #2352
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Popularity: #1221
Members: 43,018
Favorites: 280
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Synopsis

In a flooded town where the waters are ever-rising, an old man must constantly build new floors onto his home in order to keep dry. But when his favorite smoking pipe falls into the watery abyss beneath him, he dives into the depths of not only his house, but memories of years past.

Tsumiki no Ie is a short film about the everlasting effect of time on one's life—how it can swallow the past entirely, and how one must learn to continue moving forward despite what has already happened.

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Background

In 2008, Tsumiki no Ie won multiple awards, including the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film and the Annecy Cristal prize for short films. The film also won prizes at the Hiroshima International Animation Festival and the Japan Media Arts Festival.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Elderly Man
Elderly Man
Main
 

Staff

Katou, Kunio
Katou, Kunio
Producer, Director


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trzr23
Feb 14, 2011
Twelve minutes.

That’s all it takes.

You don’t need 26 episodes. You don’t need 13 episodes. Hell, you don’t even need an hour. You only need 12 minutes.

You only need 12 minutes to have one of the most absorbing, thought provoking, melancholic, bittersweet, beautiful and calm (all at the same time) moments of your life. Le Maison en Petits Cubes (The House of Small Cubes) is proof of that.

This Oscar winning short film (yes, you read right, this anime won an Academy Award in the category Best Animated Short Film in 2009) is about a grumpy old man who builds additional levels onto his home in read more
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ace52387
Sep 6, 2009
Overview:
Maison en Petit Cubes is a metaphorical and heartfelt exploration of everything that lies behind an old man`s seemingly meaningless existence. His world is flooded, and all the houses that managed to keep above the water have been stacked like pyramids, with each living space getting progressively smaller. Our lethargic old man`s now jail cell sized room has just been flooded, so he gets to work building yet another, smaller room at the top of his house. As he works, he drops his pipe into the water. Unwilling to part with it, he dawns diving gear and goes through each level of his house to read more
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literaturenerd
Apr 28, 2015
Overview:

If you are feeling "artsy" and have 12 minutes to spare in your busy schedule, I would highly recommend checking out "House of Small Cubes". This was one of only 2 anime to ever win an Oscar. The other was Spirited Away in 2002. What is this anime and how did it win? I will try to explain.


Technique: A history lesson of the total silence symbolism genre of film.

WARNING!!! If you either don't care about the history of this film genre or already know the history, then please skip this next paragraph! Otherwise it will be boring!!!

The first thing you will notice about read more
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NecroticFury
Jul 14, 2015
When a message is made so short that only what is essential is communicated, is it a full message, or merely a reflection of the truth?

This anime is a masterpiece because it is more about the questions than the answers associated with them.

And because it is so short, there really isn't a reason not to watch this. Its simply a work of art that will force you to question your own life, and the meaning you build each and everyday you live it.

Did the man really appreciate things as they were happening? Or is he appreciating them now, now that they are read more
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