Kuroi Kikori to Shiroi Kikori

The Black Woodcutter and the White Woodcutter

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Japanese: 黒いきこりと白いきこり
English: The Black Woodcutter and the White Woodcutter
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 1, 1956
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Source: Original
Genre: FantasyFantasy
Duration: 16 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


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Ranked: #80462
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On a winter's night a bear, a fox and a squirrel seek refuge from the cold. They are drawn by the hearths in the homes of two woodcutters. One man treats them poorly, while the other welcomes them.

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Mori, Yasuji
Director, Script, Key Animation, Screenplay
Yabushita, Taiji
Hamada, Hirosuke
Original Creator


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Feb 27, 2021
"The Black Woodcutter and the White Woodcutter" is the first Japanese animated film that resembles what one would associate hand drawn animation with today. With a washed out watercolor palette, a very Disney oriented art style, and a folk tale inspired story, this film encapsulates a moralistic theme of sharing and looking out for one another in hard times.

The film's themes are heavily contextualized by the time it released to the public. 1956 Japan was a time of great upheaval. The Occupation years had just ended and the country was at crossroads of economic development. Poverty, hunger and loss were still widespread in the ...
Jan 29, 2023
黒いきこりと白いきこり - Kuroi Kikori to Shiroi Kikori is an animated short film of 15 minutes including opening and ending credits. The anime was first released in 1956 and the story is from the original work by Hamada, Hirosuke.

Story: Good vs. Evil - Actions & Rewards - Early masterpiece, a beauty of Japanese animation (8/10)
It is about a bear, a fox and a squirrel trying to find warm shelter during a snowstorm. The story starts slowly but becomes increasingly exciting. The author of the original story, Hamada Hirosuke, was born in Takahata in 1893 and was one of the most famous children's and young people's authors ...
May 15, 2017
Rate a 7
Musical no subtitles nor voices with the exception of animation noise.
Art Film

A dedication to perseverance. Sad to say others would rather help them selves rather than others during times of troubles. While there is some benefit to that there is some benefit against it as well. As the story plays out one finds the moral of the story that there is strength in numbers. A good kind hearted message. The only downside to the film is it is based on hunters. I would say more but that says enough without ruining the story.

Two my knowledge there are two versions of this animation. There ...

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