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Aesop’s Fables: Summertime

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Producer(s): Amedee J. Van Beuren Paul Terry

Release Date: 13/10/1929

"This animated short is comprised of three separate scenes featuring various animals. Scene one: The squirrel enjoys listening to the music played by frog and monkey. However, the owl dislikes the monkey-frog duet. Scene two: On a heated day, a ..."

Animation from Cape Dorset

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Producer(s): National Film Board of Canada

Release Date: 1973

"This short film features several sections that introduce Inuit culture, customs, folklores, and craftsmanship. "The Good Day for Hunting" and "Caribou Hunting" discuss the fishing and hunting rituals in Baffin Island. In addition, "the Inuit Christma..."

Anju to Zushiômaru

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Producer(s): Hiroshi Ohkawa

Release Date: 10/07/1961

"Children of a huntsman, Anju and Zushioumaru were sold to a slaveowner who brutally tortured them. Fortunately, their master's son sympathized with the siblings. He fell in love with Anju and secretly helped Zushioumaru escape his father's estate. Th..."

Astro Boy S1/E1: The Birth of Astro Boy

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Producer(s): Osamu Tezuka

Release Date: 01/01/1963

"Grief-stricken by the death of his son, Tobio, Dr. Tenma vows to create a new, robotic son in his image. The experiment is a success, but Dr. Tenma doesn't find the happiness he expected. He grows angry at the robot, that he cannot grow or act like a..."

Kenzō Masaoka

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"Masaoka was one of the first Japanese animators, who also trained and guided artists who would move on to become the next generation of animators. Masaoka is credited with creating the earliest anime using cel animation and recorded sound. He has als..."

Little Tora: The Abandoned Cat

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Producer(s): Nihon Doga and Toho Kyoiku Eiga

Ōten Shimokawa

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"Ōten Shimokawa was one of the pioneers of Japanese animation, who is believed to have produced the very first “true” anime film.Shimokawa was born in Maiyakojima Prefecture in 1892, though moved to Tokyo when we was 9. He began his working life..."