23 August 2007

Classic Japanese Anime Clips From YouTube and Digital Meme.com

This YouTube clip is from a Digital Meme(www.digitalmeme.com/)DVD preview of a collection of 1920's and '30's Japanese animated cartoons, and is well worth a look, as it gives the uninitiated viewer a glimpse of what such cartoons were like.

Incidentally, the female narrator providing the spoken narration for many of the clips here is what is known in Japanese cinema parlance as a benshi, a narrator who provides narration and character voices, as well as doing sound effects, for a silent film.

Had read about this tradition in Japanese silent film, but only learned what it was called this morning when I visited the Digital Meme site.

Enjoy and be seeing you.

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