Tsumiki no Ie

La Maison en Petits Cubes

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Synonyms: The House of Small Cubes
Japanese: つみきのいえ
English: La Maison en Petits Cubes
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jun 10, 2008
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Studios: Oh! Production
Source: Original
Genres: Award WinningAward Winning, DramaDrama
Duration: 12 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 8.021 (scored by 5145351,453 users)
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Ranked: #5572
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Popularity: #1940
Members: 91,593
Favorites: 471

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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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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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Katou, Kunio
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Feb 14, 2011
In a matter of 12 minutes, Le Maison en Petits Cubes tells a simple tale of growing old that leaves you staring at your wistful expression on the black screen long after the credits have rolled.

This Oscar winning short film (Best Animated Short Film in 2009, making this the second ever anime to win an Oscar, although whether this truly is anime is a debate best left for later) is about a grumpy old man who builds additional levels onto his home in order to escape the water that is flooding his town. While rummaging through the lower levels, he is flooded with memories of ...
Sep 6, 2009
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 ...
Apr 28, 2015

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 ...

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