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Apr 10, 2014
It should be noted that this is one of Japan's earliest sound cartoons, if not the very earliest.

It should also be noted that this isn't just normal hand-drawn animation, but made from cut-out pieces of paper.

When considering you are watching animated paper, you can imagine the work & skill that went into creating these delicate pieces. Though a cheaper way of creating animation, you can definitely tell that it was lovingly made.

Plus, it's just really darn cute. Who doesn't love singing and dancing cats?

A must-see for cat lovers, animation and history nerds. No understanding of the Japanese necessary, though read more
Apr 10, 2014
A cartoony & silly baseball battle with bunnies vs. tanuki is great fun for the fan of early animation. The premise is amusing and the animals are very cute, but the gags really pick up when the ball gets hit out of the park and into the home of clueless forest animals.

The very simple line drawings showcase how creativity can thrive even with limited budget and resources. Stark contrast of black & white gives a classic ink-drawing feel that is graphically interesting.

This short film is easy to enjoy even if you can't understand the (limited) Japanese narration. The music is a little read more
Apr 10, 2014
Tarou-san is a little boy who loves to play train with his friends. One day, his dad brings him home an electric train set. Overjoyed, he plays with it long into the night. When it is finally time for bed, Tarou cuddles up next to his new train set, and dreams he is on a train with many funny animals who cause various wacky hijinks.

This delightful little silent short combines live action with animation. A novel idea, and it works well. The retro animation lover or silent film nerd will both enjoy it equally. Even if you can't read more