The masterpiece by Kenzo Masaoka, pioneer of high-quality Japanese animation.
|Director||Kenzo Masaoka [Animation director] (1898-1988)|
Kenzo Masaoka, known as the father of Japanese animation, founded the Masaoka Film Research Lab to create anime in Kitano Shiyakawa after training in film at Makino Film Productions and Nikkatsu Uzumasa. This musical-style animation was the first ever full cel-animation in Japan, spanning over 16 minutes and 20 thousand frames. The smooth and dynamic movement of the charming characters are a monument to Japanese anime. He later founded Nihon Douga with Sanae Yamamoto, which was then renamed Toei Douga (now Toei Animation).
Becomes independent after learning film from Makino Film and Nikkatsu Uzumasa. He founded the Masaoka Center for Film Research in 1932 in Kitano, Kyoto; collaborates with Shochiku to announce the first talkie animation of Japan "The World of Power and Women" (1933). He explored cel-animation production. Joins Shochiku Animation Research Center in 1941. Presents his infamous work "Kumo to chûrippu" (1943). Post-war, he becomes part of the founding of Nihon Douga (now Toei Animation). He is known as the father of Japanese animation.