Ningen Doubutsuen

Clap Vocalism

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Synonyms: Human Zoo
Japanese: 人間動物園
English: Clap Vocalism
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: 1962
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Source: Other
Genre: Avant GardeAvant Garde
Duration: 2 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 2.741 (scored by 29312,931 users)
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Ranked: #133502
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Popularity: #8980
Members: 4,441
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A story about a human zoo.


Ningen Doubutsuen is based on a poem by Shuntarou Tanikawa (谷川 俊太郎, b. 1931).

The film won the Special Jury Prize at Annecy in 1963 and the bronze award for animation at the 1963 Biennale in Venice. It also won the 1965 Oofuji Noburou Award.

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Kuri, Youji


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Jul 17, 2014
Ningen Doubutsuen, also known as Clap Vocalism or Human Zoo, is truly the most influential anime of the twentieth century. Uneducated viewers new to the anime medium may find it jarring or confusing. It requires an inquisitive and analytical mind to peer into the rich imagery and deep symbolism of Ningen Doubutsuen. Allow me to show you.

The title cards for the introduction and conclusion are minimalistic in nature. It seems to mock television programmes and movies which use overly-edited footage and effects to have a bombastic opening and closure. Ningen Doubutsuen says, "No, I don't need any complicated effects to make the movie good." And ...
Jan 3, 2012
Mixed Feelings
Kuri Yoji is a genius at experimental works. Granted, a ton of people will be turned off by the lack of story, bizarre art, but his genius lies at using minimalist art to convey sick and twisted themes. Thus, he is more interested in seeing our reactions and emotions to the work.

It is a pity that Human Zoo has so much potential, but it is almost wasted.

Like other Kuri Yoji works, the emphasis on provoking emotions is there in Human Zoo through twisted minimalist imagery. The art looks like a five year old's drawing, though I may be giving too much credit to the art. ...
Aug 30, 2019
Okay let me rephrase, just wanted to say this is the biggest disappointment that I have witnessed thus far. And I do not believe old anime or influential media should be above any form of criticism. As it is merely a perspective given by an individual on a work of art or entertainment that they have consumed.

With that being said I will proceed to the review.

"Ningen Doubutsuen" or "Human Zoo" also known as "Clap Vocalism" is a two minute short anime by Yōji Kuri. He was an important figure in the history of Japanese independent animation. So reviewing this will be a pain. As I ...

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