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 compared to the predecessor is much more interesting, because it is more surprising and the bizarre description of the contents seems to be reflected 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 film-making. 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 further nonsense, and instead began to secretly sabotage modern technology.
The visuals, art and animation are interesting again. Indeed, there has been a significant leap forward in the two years, technically speaking - 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 Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC) from 1946, so there are many beautiful 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 little 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 the joy of experimentation, 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 has been added instead of just background music. 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 is missing, especially in relation to Koneko. 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.