Monday, February 25, 2008

Vintage anime: Evil Mickey Mouse invasion!

"Toy Box Series, Episode 3: Picture Book 1936" (Omocha-Bako Series, Dai-3-Wa: Ehon 1936) is a 1934 propaganda-ish film about a future (1936) conflict started by a swarm of evil, bat-riding Mickey Mouse clones that descend on a tiny island inhabited by peace-loving dolls and cats (including a Felix lookalike). Overwhelmed by the attack, the desperate island residents bang on the cover of a large picture book to enlist the help of Momotaro, Urashima Taro (the Japanese version of Rip Van Winkle), and other traditional fairy tale heroes and characters.

And if you think that sounds weird, wait until you actually watch it.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yep. Mucho strangeo mysterioso.

This must have been based on Japanese animators, working within a military dictatorship, and their subconscious fears of a future invasion of imperialistic Disney-based American cartoon characters taking over their turf.

This retro-futurist vision turned out to be reversed, with the invasion of Japanese-inspired anime, manga, and generally big-eyed American cartoon characters.

Oh, those crafty orientals...