Apr 22, 2018
こねこのスタジオ - Koneko no studio, the tiny kitten from the movie "Koneko no Rakugai", has come a long way since its first appreance. Two years ago, in 1957, he painted on a house wall with a pencil. But today he is making a Samurai Movie. There is no business like show business and we look forward to it, that there is again a lot of colorfull hustle and bustle of the kitten and its mouse friends.
Story: more content than predecessor, carring a message (8/10)
The story is much more interesting than its predecessor, because it is more surprising and seems to reflect the bizarre description of
the visual content. The message of the movie is as simple as it is cutting-edge. It reflects the central theme, the future of filmmaking, or rather a nightmare version of it, because instead of laborious but loving manual work, the soulless machine has almost completely taken control. From the beginning, it was clear that in the state-of-the-art studio, things would soon get out of hand. In the end, our kitten must realize that in such a cold environment, only a cold machine can maintain 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).
Characters: Personalities differ slightly from their predecessors (6/10)
The characteristics have changed slightly compared to the predecessor. The fellows have grown and changed their habits from childish to a bit more sensible. But they end up as if nothing had changed.
The kitten "Koneko" has become smarter. Instead of complaining about it, he solved the practical difficulties by building a fully automated studio. Even the actors have been replaced by robots that work better.
The two mice:
They are also smart, but they do not want to accept what Koneko is doing, and have instead begun to secretly sabotage modern technology.
Visuals: Technically a step forward, but some charm has been lost (6/10)
The art and the animation are interesting again. Indeed, in the two years there has been a significant technical leap forward - now there is colour instead of black and white. Well, even if something like lip-synching is still missing, but please keep in mind that this is the year 1959! The blueprints and the machines are pretty well designed. The Analytical Engine really look like the 1946's Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC), so there are many beautiful drawings, such as cameras, backgrounds, and tiny details. However, the animations are not so soft and elaborated. 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, which Mori, Yasuji, gave it, 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 so much fun.
Sounds: BGM not extraordinary, a little dialogue added, VA good (6/10)
The BGM was arranged by Yamada, Eiichi and accompanies the scenario well, on the other hand, it does not stand out with special features. However, the aspect of the sounds has been improved by adding a little dialogue, instead of just background music.
There is not much dialogue, but the synchronization was done well by Nakamura, Meiko.
Finally, although the animation and sounds show 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 for the movie "Koneko no Rakugai".
Thanks for reading and have fun watching
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