Mark Kausler had several of these late 1940s Japanese ‘Fox’ cartoons and they are – considering when and where they were made – pretty darn good. I wish I could see them in their original form – and language. I don’t know much about them – were they made for theaters? Were they in color?
I know even less about director Satoshi Morino and animator Osamu Satomi. I assume Morino designed the characters. Here is the complete list of this series of shorts (from IMDB):
1947 Kitsune to hiyoko (Fox and Chick)
1948 Kitsune to kotori (Fox and Bird)
1948 Kitsune to komoriuta (Fox and Mummy Song)
1948 Kitsune to circus (Fox and Circus)
1949 Kitsune no homerun-ô (Fox, The Home Run King)
As usual, we welcome additional information from the readers on these cartoons. For now, take a look and decide for yourself as to their virtues…
CHICKIE ON A PICNIC (1947) Kitsune to hiyoko (“Fox and Chick”), the first one.
BIG TOP CRIME (1948) The Japanese title is “Kitsune to Circus” (Fox and the Circus), released by Kindaieigasha Co.,Ltd. Directed by Satoshi Morino and animation by Osamu Satomi. Story by Koji Koyanagi
SEVENTH INNING STRETCH (1949) Kitsune no homerun-ô (“Fox, The Home Run King”)
Seventh Inning Stretch is the American TV release of Kitsune no homerun-ô, another in the “Fox” series of shorts directed by Satoshi Morino, with animation by Osamu Satomi.
(Special Thanks to Milton Knight and Charles Brubaker)