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Jumping

Japan, 1984 (MIFF 1995, Buried Treasures – Osamu Tezuka)

Director: Osamu Tezuka

A tour de force of technique and the imagination. Influenced by the experimental hungarian animation, The Fly, Jumping utilizes the point-of-view gag to convey a breathtaking view of how powerful a child's imagination can be. Apart from the technical virtuosity of the animation ( containing over 4,000 cells in 6" shot over 2 1/2 years), Jumping is governed by wondrous rhythms as the jumps get bigger. While some have remarked that Tezuka is first a manga artist and second an animator, this film demonstrates the sharp rhythmic and dynamic sensibilities that expand Tezuka's vision from being solely static and visual.

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