One of the first things I tend to look at whenever I go into an anime this old is the art and the animation, trying to discern all of the different techniques they used and also simply the quality of the drawings. Dankichi-jima no Olympic Taikai has some pretty basic human character designs, but I thought the animal designs were pretty interesting. However, when comparing the animation to other films of the time period it ends up being kind of simple and average.
The story is simple and has a few gags within it. This film was obviously intended to make the audience laugh, and it did get a few chuckles out of me, but it doesn't craft much of a tale, which other films of the era were doing. Still it ends up being fine, and generally enjoyable, if a bit underwhelming.
Being a silent film, the audio is pretty much nonexistent. The version I was watching had a reconstructed background track, but I will avoid rating that as I'm not sure how that will appear in other versions of this film.
Overall, this is an enjoyable little short film that ends up being kind of average even for the time period, but still worth a watch if you're curious and have a few minutes to spare. read more