こねこのスタジオ - Koneko no studio, there is no business like show business. The tiny kitten from the film "Koneko no Rakugai" has come a long way. Two years ago, in 1957, he smeared on a house wall, but now, two years later, he is already filming. Again, there is a colourful hustle and bustle of the kitten and its mice-friends.
The story is much more interesting compared to its predecessor because it is more surprising and seems to reflect the bizarre description of the contents in the visual appearance. The message of the film is as simple as it is red-hot and reflects the central theme
of the future of filmmaking. Or rather a nightmare version of it, because instead of laborious but loving manual work, the soulless machine has taken over the direction almost completely. It was clear from the beginning that things would soon get out of hand in the state-of-the-art studio. In the end, our kitten has to realize that in such a cold environment, only a cold machine can stay in control. Surprisingly, this statement is current, even though it was mentioned in 1959, without knowing anything about today's technologies such as CGI (Computer Generated Imagery).
The characteristics of the characters have changed slightly. The kitten "Koneko" simply has become more cunning. Instead of complaining about it, he solved the practical difficulties by building a fully automatic studio, even the actors are replaced by robots that work better. But the two mice - also clever - are not prepared to accept that, and instead began to secretly sabotage modern technology.
The visuals, art and animation are again interesting. Indeed, in the two years, there has been a significant technically leap forward - now there is colour instead of black and white. Well, even if something like lip-sync is still missing, but please keep in mind that this is 1959! The blueprints and the machines are pretty well designed. The Analytical Engine really does look like 1946's Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC), so there are many nice drawings, such as cameras, backgrounds and tiny details. However, the animations are no longer so soft and elaborate. On the contrary, they are often a bit choppy and some of them are repeated too often. It seems as if all the charm of his predecessor, given to him by Mori, Yasuji, has disappeared. Instead of experimenting, we have a solid average cartoon. It may be technically superior to its predecessor in many ways, and this time there is a story that is quite entertaining and thought-provoking, but in the end, it's not that much fun.
Also the sounds have been improved, a little dialogue instead of just background music has been added. Although it is not much dialogue, the voice acting by Nakamura, Meiko was done well. The BGM, arranged by Yamada, Eiichi accompanied the scenario well.
Finally, although the animation and sounds have clear signs of improvement and the story is more mature, the lovely charm of the animal characters that the predecessor had, especially with regard to Koneko, is missing. The show is a remarkable step forward and the protagonists are involved in a fun and entertaining adventure, but (IMO) the rating is lower than Koneko no Rakugai.