黒いきこりと白いきこり - Kuroi Kikori to Shiroi Kikori "The Black Woodcutter and the White Woodcutter" is a short animated film about 15 minutes length.
The Story is based on the original work of Hamada, Hirosuke and directed by Taiji Yabushita. The narrative appears like a old folk tale that centers around a bear, a fox and a squirrel and their attempt to find warm shelter during a snowstorm.
Viewing cell-animation with such detailed backgrounds and on the other hand Mori, Yasuji, who has been responsible for the screen-adaptation, character design and key animation, is a pleasure. Although you might recognize the influence that profoundly influenced many Japanese
animators in the decades from late 1930ies, till manga artist and animator Osamu Tezuka started in the 1960ies to simplified many Disney animation techniques.
There is no voice acting but gestures and facial expressions make the whole story easy to follow and understandable. The audience understands the music through emotions even if no words are spoken.
However, the anime is a little treasure that tells a story about (in simple terms) "It is more blessed to give than to receive". Watch it till end, you surely will be glad having seen the anime.
Have fun watching!