Thursday, April 06, 2006

Osamu Tezuka on YouTube

Broken Down Film (1985)
Jumping (1984)
Mermaid (1964)
Memory (1964)

Some of Osamu Tezuka's experimental animated short films can be viewed at YouTube (the best ones linked above). Not an ideal way to see these films, but an argument could be made that it's the perfect way to see Broken Down Film - essentially Tex Avery by way of Duck Amuck by way of Bill Morrison - wherein a cowboy hero must fight a villain to rescue (and then attempt to seduce) a damsel in distress, if he can first fight the painted decay, scratches and impurities present in the film print. Jumping (a breathtaking series of leaps from the point of view of a character) is also pretty cool.

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