Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Anime in France

In France you can get hold of rare animation films that aren't distributed in the UK. Recently I picked up a couple of anime movies that I've been after for a long time. Sci-fi epic TREE OF PALME relates the quest of a Pinnochio-like cyborg boy & his journey through a surreal dystopian future. There's some dazzling visuals & the alien backgrounds are reminiscent of Roger Dean's artwork.

SPACE FIREBIRD is an old film from the 80's written by Osama Tezuka & directed by Taku Sugiyama . The animation isn't great but the film is very inventive visually. Highlights include a robotic-girl who can fold up like a deck chair & a swooping aerial camera move over a city that isentirely hand drawn!

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