Parachutes blooming in the sky; Japan's first feature-length animation that impressed the young Osamu Tezuka.
The paratrooper dog, monkey and pheasant head towards Onigashima under the command of General Momotaro. Japan's first ever feature-length animation film by Mitsuyo Seo, who also directed and animated the "Norakuro" series (1935-) and learnt under Kenzo Masaoka. Not only is the direction and animation immaculate, but remembering that this was created during war, the special effects and techniques, the use of multiplane shooting and transmitted light, are also remarkable.
Enters the Masaoka Center for Film Research, founded by Kenzo Masaoka in Kyoto. Works under Masaoka to master cel-animation and talkie techniques. Creates works including "Norakuro" series and musical animation "Arichan". In 1942, he produced the mid-length animation "Momotaro's Sea Eagles" as commissioned by the Japanese Naval Ministry. Transfers to Shochiku Animation Research Center to create the feature "Momotarô: Umi no shinpei"(1945).