Review of “Tales of the Street Corner” (1962)

Moving picture, 38 minutes

Tezuka Osamu (writer).

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.

A roundabout comment on WW2, distributed theatrically. This and “Male” (1962) premiered at the first Mushi Production exhibition. Largely unlined character design, long before computers made it easy.

moving picture Japanese production animation fiction