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. Back in 1957 he smeared on a house wall but now, two years later he is already filming. Again there is some hustle and bustle done by the kitten and his mice friends.
The story compared to its predecessor is much more interesting because more surprising and also the more bizarre content statement seems to be reflected in the optical appearance. The message of the movie is as simple as red-hot and reflect the central subject of the future of
filmmaking. Or rather a nightmare version of it, because instead of arduous but loving manual work, the soulless machine has almost completely taken over directing. It had been clear right from the start that soon things in the ultra-modern studio will go haywire. At the end our kitten must realize that in such a cold environment only a cold machine can keep control. Surprisingly that statement is up-to-date, even if mentioned in the year 1959, without knowing anything about given today's technologies like CGI (Computer Generated Imagery).
The characteristic of the cast has changed a little. 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 with better functioning robots.
But the two mice - also clever - are not willing to take nonsense, however and begin to sabotage the modern technology secretly.
The visuals, art and animation are interesting again. Indeed there is a clear leap forward in the two years, technically - now, there is color instead of black and white. Even if something like lip sync is still missing, well, but please keep in mind that it is the year 1959! The blue prints and the machinery are pretty good designed. The Analytical Engine does really look like Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC) of the year 1946. So there are a lot nice drawings, e.g. cameras, backgrounds and tiny little details. However, the animations just no longer so soft and elaborate. On the contrary, they are often a bit choppy and are mostly repeated too often. It seems like all the of the predecessor`s charm that has been given him by Mori, Yasuji, has disappeared. Instead of experimentally we have a solid average cartoon. It may be technically superior to his predecessor in some aspects, and this time there is a story that is quite entertaining and on the other hand thought provoking but at the end it is not so much fun.
The sounds also have been improved, there is dialog sounding instead of merely background music. Although it is not much dialog, the voice acting by Nakamura, Meiko was done good. The BGM that was arranged by Yamada, Eiichi, accompanied the scenario well.
Although the animation and sounds do have clear signs of improvement and the story is more matured, it is missing the lovely charm of the animal characters that the predecessor had, especially in relation to Koneko. The show is an remarkable step forward and the protagonists are engaged in a funny and entertaining adventure but (to me) the rating is less than Koneko no Rakugai.