One of the finest-preserved examples of this generation of Japanese animation is Ugokie-Ko-Ri-No-Tatehiki. Directed by Ikuo Oishi in 1933, it demonstrates a level of skill in movement and character design that is easily equal to the work of Ub Iwerks on the first Mickey Mouse and Silly Symphony cartoons. Many commentators also draw a comparison to the early Fleischer cartoons and Otto Messmer's late-Twenties Felix the Cat. In Oishi's work we see the same fluid, refined animation found in the best examples of American animation of the same time period.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Manga 101: Japanese anime & comic books
item Manga Impact!: The World of Japanese Animation is an essential guide to this highly diverse yet distinctive art form, with 500 color illustrations. But perhaps you'd like a little more background before delving into it? I recommend an illuminating article on the subject by Cory Gross of Network Awesome, which takes both a historical approach and singles out groundbreaking shorts, which you can watch on their website. Here's an excerpt from his essay (scroll down on the page I linked to and you'll see it):