Aru Machi Kado no Monogatari
While many folks may know Osamu Tezuka for his work on anime classics like Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion, the man was also known to engage in some experimental animated shorts at points throughout his life, Tales of a Street Corner being one of his earlier works depicted. This short is notable in that it has no spoken dialogue at all throughout the 38 minutes it runs and instead, the title relies on its visuals and music to tell its story into life within a street corner focused on a young girl, a family of mice, a mischievous moth and a bunch of posters that can come to life. The first two-thirds of the film depict the everyday lives of the four groups each having their differing desires such as the girl trying to retrieve her teddy bear high up from outside the apartment building she lives in and a pair of musician posters in love with one another, both having to do with the innocence of everyday life. The final third of the movie makes a rather powerful anti-war statement as it depicts the bombardment of war propaganda and the destruction of the town from bombings which take away that which was innocent. This short won't be for anyone who enjoy better animated works or more recent anime titles thanks to the mentioned lack of dialogue, the noticeably blocky and surreal animation style used and the rather limited frame rate with animation considering this was an early 1960s anime title. But if you are an enthusiast of animation or have a strong interest in the early history of anime, then Tales of a Street Corner is a definite look for you to look into one of Tezuka's first experimental works.
Last updated Tuesday, December 11 2012. Created Tuesday, December 11 2012.