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Buried Treasures – Osamu Tezuka

Adachi-Ga Hara continues the afore-mentioned 'mutative approach' to story-telllng. This time, the original manga is based on a traditional Non play called Kurozuka which mines tho rich vein of Japanese witch mythology. Tezuka sets Adachi on a desolate asteroid and plays out the involving ... Read more
Akuemon is a good example of animation in the gekiga style which has developed in Japan by the start of the 60s. This was a more seriously toned adult-oriented form of manga, which stressed realistic effect and emotional impact, as opposed to the visual symbolism and hi-keyed archetypes displayed ... Read more
A string of gags based on 20s-style animation and the self-reflexiveness of Windsor McCay's surreal comic strips from the same period. While the gags are familiar, the extent to which Tezuka pushes the medium's break-down is quite extreme. Tezuka himself considered that if this film Is booed off by ... Read more
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. ... Read more
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 ... Read more
The second major work Tezuka produced as a reflection on the art, craft and history of animation (the first being Pictures at an Exhibition). Legend of the Forest is formally dedicated to walt Disney, and conveys Tezuka's ongoing theme of the importance and value of life in all its forms. Told ... Read more
One of Tezuka's last shorts. Utilizing a sketchy realist mode of depiction , it is a cautionary tale of armament set against a backdrop of samurai lore and iconography. Towards the end of his life, Tezuka was specially outspoken on a variety of global issues. His cautionary address, though, exists ... Read more
Tezuka's second major animation short. Pictures at an Exhibition is Tezuka's inspired response to Disney's Fantasia. Much of Disney's works did not reach Japan until the late 40s, and the advances that Disney displayed in Snow White and Fantasia hit Japanese animators with great force. Tezuka has ... Read more
Another of the whimsical gag shorts, this one about the futuristic society of machines at the eternal service of the isolated human being. The repeated ' thank you - come again' phrase orients the film as a wry comment on the polite rituals of mass consumption in contemporary Japan. ... Read more
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 slicker version but the themes are largely intact. The main shift is in the focus on the robotics of ... Read more
Space Firebird 2772 is loosely based on certain futuristic aspects of Tezuka's sprawling Hi No Tori (Phoenix) series of manga, regarded by many as his most outstanding work. Firebird. is a simi­larly long saga which may appear confused and patchy (some say the result of Tezuka trying too hard ... Read more
From the imaginative and ever popular brilliance of Tezuka comes an endearing animation told akin to a fable. Unico the young Unicorn discov­ers life, friendship and loyalty, fights against the forces of evil and of course triumphs. He faces the evil magic powers of the satanic prince ... Read more
The original manga on which the Green Cat has been regarded as a pioneering science fiction work. The resultant anime is a typically quirky mix of Disney-esque character stylings with involving and ponderous narrative thread. Once again, Tezuka clashes generic traits and iconography to produce ... Read more
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