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Mermaid

Japan, 1964 (MIFF 1995, Buried Treasures - Osamu Tezuka)

Director: Osamu Tezuka

A whimsical tale of impossible love rendered in severely simplistic stick-figure technique. Tezuka explored a vast range of styles and tech­niques in his animation which he could not do with his manga. The music score for Mermaid is the first of many done by Isao Tomita who later went on to provide the distinctive orchestral score for Kimba and become a recording artist in his own right.

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Astro Boy

Japan, 1966
The TV series that started it all, from the infiltra­tion of Japanese style into Western TV anima­tion to the tradition of cartoon robots still strong in Japanese amine today. The success of … More »

Kimba The White Lion

Japan, 1954
The 3rd TV series Tezuka created with Mushi, Kimba was the first colour anime series made in Japan. Highly memorable for Australian kids who saw it during its early 70s broadcast, Kimba con­taine… More »

Princess Knight

Japan, 1956
Acknowledged as the first anime for girls (and indirectly leading to some of the most mind-boggling gender-specific girls titles {shojo manga & anime} which have proliferated in Japan over the procee… More »

Marvelous Melmo

Japan, 1971
If Princess Knight sounds wiid, Marvelous Melmo is all the more so because Tezuka's intentions were that this TV series function as sex educa­tion for young children. Never released in the west-n… More »

Remake of Astro Boy

Japan, 1968
Technically referred to as the Remake Of Astro Boy this series features a karaoke disco version of the theme (true to the Japanese theme but with English words). Many changes are evident in this slic… More »

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