Review of “Jumping” (1984)

Moving picture, 7 minutes

Tezuka Osamu (writer-director).

A child jumps down a street. We see with its eyes as it clears an oncoming car and keeps jumping higher, almost flying, further and further. Many landings contain split-second narratives. Life is not so peaceful beyond the coasts of home.

6-minute 20-second full-motion animation experiment. There is no static background image on which cels are laid. Instead, almost everything in sight is redrawn with every split second of vigorous movement. A small Star Wars (1977) cameo. Racist humour.

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