This 2002 short film by animator Koji Yamamura brought attention to the “experimental anime” genre back when Western audiences still didn’t know it was a thing. The Academy Award nominated short film takes a darkly humorous look at society, lampooning both wastefulness and public consumption. In the film, a tree sprouts out of a man’s head, attracting the attention of loud, obnoxious salarymen/women who are obsessed with hanging out around the tree. Weird and hilarious, it’s classic Yamamura. If you like this, don’t forget to check out The Old Crocodile and Franz Kafka’s A Country Doctor.
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Franz Kafka’s short story “A Country Doctor” is a tale about a poor doctor who is called to make an emergency visit to a family with a sick son. But because this is Kafka, the story runs into its share of surreal oddities–from ominous horses to creepy children’s choirs. But Japanese animator Kōji Yamamura perfectly captures the bizarre spirit of Kafka’s writing in this 2007 animated adaptation of the story. Yamamura adapts a semi-European style to the animation, creating a world that’s loyal to Kafka’s vision while also incorporating some of Yamamura’s more bizarre aesthetics. The liquid-y way the characters move combined with the bellowing nature of the narration are just a few examples of the clever touches Yamamura uses to create the atmosphere. But despite the artistic licenses, he stays loyal to Kafka, even ending the film with the same sense of bewilderment as the original. The film is stunning, weird (extremely weird) but utterly captivating.
If you haven’t read Kafka’s short story yet, it’s available to read online.
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Award-winning animator Koji Yamamura created this enchanting short The Old Crocodile back in 2005. The frequent absurd turns and light tone makes the film a real winner for me. The tale takes one strange turn after another, and part of the humor comes from the way the narrator and the characters don’t seem to bat a single eyelash at whatever is happening. Fun flourishes (like the hissing that occasionally substitutes for the babble of conversation) add to the experience.
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