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Animals in Animation II: Osamu Tezuka and Kihachirō Kawamoto

July 13 at 2:00
East Building Auditorium

Renowned animator Osamu Tezuka’s Legend of the Forest, inspired by Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, uses this orchestral music as a score. Tezuka (1928 – 1989) worked on his short film for a decade, never quite completing his original concept — a survey of the history of animation styles in tribute to the art form. In this first installment we see the manga character Mosa, a flying squirrel, steeling himself against forest invaders. (Osamu Tezuka, 1987, 29 minutes)
    Two shorts by famed puppetmaker and animator Kihachirō Kawamoto (1925 – 2010) — Dōjōji Temple (1978, 16mm, 19 minutes), a heartbreaking tale of amour fou between a young priest and a widow, and House of Flames (1976, 16mm, 19 minutes), based on the legend of a poet and a warrior infatuated with the same beautiful woman — feature animal forms from dragons to dogs. (Total running time approximately 70 minutes)

courtesy Lutz Dammbeck

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