For a final week of Kausler closet oddities (This column will hopefully return in May, if not sooner) I found a bunch of Zagreb and Japanese treasures I hadn’t seen before – and don’t seem to be online.
Tup-Tup (1972) – Director: Nedeljko Dragic
A man is trying to go to sleep but a noise keeps him up. In the process of trying to stop the noise he exposes a bizarre mixture of sounds and images. Zagreb’s Tup-Tup won multiple international awards and an Oscar nomination in 1973 – losing to Richard Williams A Christmas Carol.
Bim Bam Bum (1971) Directed By Zlatko Grgic, Boris Kolar, Ante Zaninovic. Featuring Professor Balthazar, the Zagreb star of series of animated shorts about an old inventor, produced between 1967 and 1978. Several Balthazar episodes were telecast on ABC Saturday morning – on Chuck Jones’ Curiosity Shop.
Tolerance (1967) Directed By Zlatko Grgic and Branko Ranitovic. Before Professor Balthazar, Grgic directed over 20 classic Zagreb shorts. Here’s one I hadn’t heard of…
The Scribbling Kitten (1957) – Director: Taiji Yabushita and Yasuji Mori. My favorite of this batch. The Scribbling Kitten aka Kitty’s Graffiti (or Koneko no Rakugaki in Japanese) is considered Toei Animation’s first animation short of substance. I don’t know much more about it beyond this: Yasuju Mori was a top animator behind many great early anime features like Little Prince and The Eight Headed Dragon and Alakazam The Great. A wonderful forerunner of the anime explosion to come over the succeeding ten years.
The Out-Foxed Fox (1954) – Another from the Medalion package – this time a dubbed anime short from 1954 – still a period that needs to be researched further. If anyone has info on this short – or any of the above – please submit in the Comments Section below.
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