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Ningen Doubutsuen

Alternative Titles

English: Clap Vocalism
Synonyms: Human Zoo
Japanese: 人間動物園


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: 1962
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Source: Original
Genres: Dementia
Duration: 2 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 2.761 (scored by 1,829 users)
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Ranked: #108582
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Popularity: #6965
Members: 2,671
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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, Yoji

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Jun 20, 2013
ohnoitsaghostahh (All reviews)
That GENUINELY was the fucking stupidest shit I've ever seen.

Story: 1/10. There isn't one. You could say it's about how societal norms devolve ordinary humans into zoo animals, but it isn't and if you think it is you are pants-on-head retarded.

Art: 1/10. I could draw three watercolors with a paintbrush up my asshole and that would've been roughly equivalent to the artistic skill involved in this. White backgrounds, same stuff in every shot, only like fifteen different images all in all.

Sound: 1/10. Basically, there isn't shit for sound here. No music, even. Just some twonks going "AGH!" and some other guys going "AGH!" at read more
Jul 17, 2014
cumsussertodd (All reviews)
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 read more
Jan 3, 2012
Yukariki (All reviews)
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. read more
Jul 17, 2014
bentothebk (All reviews)
Let me begin by expressing my utmost disgust at how terrible and horrid many reviewers are at understanding and rating timeless classics, one example being the widely acclaimed "World of Golden Eggs", scoring only a 6.3 in MAL, despite its high sales. Ningen Doubutsuen, or Human Zoo in english, is no exception. It is truly the pinnacle of animu in the 20th century, it's influence was indeed paramount in animation, inspiring countless classics, in one way or another, that we have all come to enjoy, such as the great "Nyanpire the animation" and "World of Golden Eggs". Anime has flourished and this sole clip is read more


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