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


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Ranked: #130072
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Popularity: #8619
Members: 4,264
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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 3, 2021
I will admit, when I first watched this, I had absolutely no idea of what in the hell was this trying to convey. My brain was too small. But then I read some info and found out what it was about.

When I watched this for a second time, something even greater had just occurred to me.

This entire 2 minute 13 second short was some of the earliest pieces of bdsm material. Certified bruh moment.

Now, with a quick google search, you can tell that bdsm is quite old, the idea is older than this short, but the fact that this piece of media explored such ...
May 28, 2022
Mixed Feelings
the type of animation is not the best for the time, but suddenly it is its simplism what really attracts it is not the most complete work it is not the best that someone could see but it meets the basics for its time perhaps I am being condescending because of its antiquity , the idea is well developed, it shows a quite nice criticism that in its short time it manages to develop it will not have high votes for many reasons as I said before its animation is not the best nor its inclusive sound reuses several frames but it is not the ...
Aug 23, 2021
As someone who’s watched some early experimental films before from this same era (albeit Western) I do understand you can’t view them in a remotely conventional way. They’re very brief usually and are ideas and lack a plot, characters, etc.

Nonetheless, this is simply a waste of time. It isn’t visually appealing and the unsubtle message appears to be about domestic squabbles or something. Male stick figures in a cage are shown getting whipped and making animal noises for the entire 2 minutes. Well, that summary was probably still overlong but even by experimental standards it sucks. My question is what was the purpose of ...

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Retro8bit - Aug 24, 2009
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