09 August 2007

Classic Japanese Anime: "Fox and Raccoon Trick Each Other"

We take a break from the Propaganda In Action series of videos here to show a piece of vintage Japanese anime, entitled UGOKIE-KO-RI-NO-TATEHIKI(Fox and Raccoon Trick Each Other(1933).

This early Japanese sound cartoon, heavily influenced by the style of Max Fleischer's Paramount cartoons, concerns a battle of wits between a fox disguised as a samurai and an Asian raccoon father and son duo at an abandoned temple on a dark night.

Had heard someplace that some of the foundation for what to-day's anime productions, especially in its visual style, had been influenced by Fleischer's cartoons, and this production seems to bear that out.

Enjoy, and be seeing you.

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