The Stolen Lump
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In Kobu-Tori, an old man with a lump growing on his face takes refuge in a hollow tree during a thunderstorm. When he awakens, he finds the forest populated by mythic creatures. He dances with the sprites and as a reward, the creatures remove his deformity. Back in the village, he tells another man who has a similar growth on his face. Will the creatures bestow the same boon upon this other man?
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10-minute movie that premiered on October 14, 1929.
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Watch 5 5 6 5 5 Ggultra2764 [series:3067#1552]
Yes, believe it or not this baby is from the 1920s and easily the oldest anime I've seen to date. Kobutori depicts a simple tale of two brothers with facial lumps living in feudal Japan and interacting with a group of sprites. The tale tells a simple moral with how the brothers interact differently with the sprites and are rewarded differently depending on their behavior. While easily outdated compared to modern animation and lacking voice acting, Kobutori still has an edge over American animation during the time period in that there is more detail put into its character designs while retaining a decent amount of movement. This is worth a look if you'd like to have a look at the earliest titles ever made with Japanese animation.

Last updated Wednesday, July 08 2015. Created Wednesday, July 08 2015.

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