“Tales of the Street Corner” (1962) IMDb


Tezuka Osamu (writer).


38-minute roundabout comment on WW2, distributed theatrically. This and “Male” (1962) premiered at the first Mushi Production exhibition.


Various small creatures and commercial posters live near the same street corner and go about their humble, mute existences. The images of the posters all seem to move, even to fall in love, but one day the idyll is broken as a dictator’s posters replace the old. Far away, a war, perhaps, goes badly. Bombs rain and fires rage on the once quiet corner.


Largely unlined character design, long before computers made it easy.

Japanese production animation fiction moving picture