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Drop

Japan, 1965 (MIFF 1995, Buried Treasures – Osamu Tezuka)

Director: Osamu Tezuka

A companion piece of sorts to Mermaid, Drop utilizes similar brush and wash backgrounds, but stylizes its central protagonist in broader caricature. Tezuka made this film in one week as a demonstration to his staff at Mushi that experimental anime could be done quickly and economically.

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