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An old man resides in a city mostly submerged by water, living in a home he had to build on top of his old one. His daily routine now consists of smoking his pipe, drinking wine, watching television and eating the fish he catches. Living alone in the silent desolation of the elderly he is surrounded by photographs but no people. One day he drops his pipe into the water and it disappears into his old, submerged home. To retrieve it he rents a scuba suit, but once he descends into the place he used to live he is overwhelmed by the memories of the life he used to have - the family he used to know.
His name is Tortov Roddle, and he is a traveler from Tortalia. Along with his unusually large companion of a pig, the slender Tortov travels from place to place, always finding a new and beautiful adventure at his destination. From islands carried on the backs of frogs, to delightful cafes, to movie theaters and giant bears, there's a wonderful story to tell in the diary of Tortov Roddle.
Each of these short works are fabulously animated, are silent and set in a quaintly odd environment, and are capable of surprising emotional depth - particularly La Maison en Petits Cubes, though Tortov Roddle has more instances of charming beauty. It's pretty obvious they were both made by the same studio and director and I think anyone who liked one will enjoy the other.
One of the first things to mention is that both Tortov Roddle and Maison are exquisitely animated. Also neither of them rely on verbal communication, which is a refreshing change. If you liked the emotive quality and the subtle, slow-paced plot of one of these, then definitely watch the other
Quiet, experimental, artsy, wordless little films - but with quite a lot to say. Surreal, fantastic, organic - these films share a similar sense of wonder and relaxation.
Both The Diary of Tortov Roddle and La Maison en Petits Cubes have the same very particular and charming artstyle, and manage to get across similar emotions in a considerably short period of time. Although the tones are a little different (melancholy in Maison, wonder about all kinds of sightings in Tortov), they are presented in a very similar way. If you loved one of these gems, definitely give the other a watch too!
The Diary of Tortov Roddle and La Maison en Petits Cubes (aside from having long names) both feature silent protagonists in unique settings paired with a wood-block-esque style and a heavy dose of whimsy.
Both Tsumiki No Ie and The Diary of Tortov Roddle, have similar animation and music that helps to set the tone for the strange worlds that they are set in. Both tell deep stories and although The Diary of Tortov Roddle speaks in metaphor more than Tsumiki No Ie, they are both very similar in delivery and content.
Diary of Tortov Roddle and Maison are two beautifully-animated anime that rely solely on visuals and sound to portray their stories. While Diary's adventure takes places in islands and fantastical destinations, Maison's takes place through the memories of an old man. Both are wonderful watches.
These two short anime works both have a very peaceful air about them. They both could be described as quiet and contemplative. Watching them makes me long for an earlier, simpler era.
One rain-soaked evening, a young girl wanders through the streets and runs across a very curious and unique new friend...
Another atmospheric and occasionally melancholic short silent film set amongst lots and lots of water.
Two bittersweet shorts. No dialogue. WATER. Memories. Nostalgia. Soft animation. Soft music. Go!
Both shorts give off a sad feeling set to tender music but no speaking of the characters is needed to get the point across. Water is a theme in both shorts and they give off a very melancholic feel looks wise. Check em out!
La Maison and Rain Town are two very bittersweet and touching tales that are told without dialogue. Sad, but beautiful.
Long ago, young Meiko Honma tragically died and her tight-knit group of friends, shaken by the event, drifted apart. Now, ten years later, Meiko has re-appeared as a ghost that only Jinta, the former leader of the gang and an avid shut-in, can see. All she desires is for Jinta to fulfill her final wish so that she can move on to the afterlife, but with no memory of what it was, it’s up to the teenager to gather his former friends and discover what will allow his beloved friend to rest in peace. With so many feelings left unsaid, can this group work out their strife and help the ghost of the girl they once adored?
If you were touched by Ano Hana or Tsumiki No Ie ,then I think you will be touched by the other. Both are different in length and they are animated differently. But, they both deal with feelings of wanting to go back to the past, because you have lost something dear to you.
Though both are made in different style, they share the same topic: memories of the passed away close people. The difference is, how characters deal with this loss. Both are quite sentimental, well-made drama about losses and loneliness.
After a miserly man consumes a batch of freshly-fallen cherries (seeds included), he finds himself in a hairy and unfortunate situation - a small cherry tree has sprouted from his balding forehead! With his mountain-like head becoming a tourist attraction, what's a miser to do?
La Maison en Petits Cubes was the first anime short to win an Oscar, while Atama Yama was one of the previous nominees - but more than that, they're both superbly animated shorts with a grainy somewhat European look and focus on an elderly man, his very real problems depicted through fantasy elements. While they differ in how they treat that man - La Maison with tenderness, Atama Yama with cruel satire - they appeal to the same sort of audience.
There are many reasons for liking La Maison en Petits Cubes and the amazing art it features is one of the obvious reasons. Atama Yama is drawn in a similar way using a little distorted image and it looks just as good as La Maison. If you are a fan of this art style, you will definitely enjoy both titles.
Legend tells of a lone swordsman who lives in the Demon's Castle, the ruins near the Black Forest. This mysterious stranger only accepts rare books for his services, books from the ancient past. Comedy tells the story of a young girl who desperately wishes for her family and village to be saved from the coming English soldiers' wrath, and is willing to trade a precious book in exchange for the deed. With only her legs beneath her, she runs towards the Black Forest, hoping to get there in time...
Though the two have very different storylines they both have less mainstream artstyles and use music to put across a very emotive effect.
Both give off a very art-house elegant feel which is suited to viewers who liked one or the other for its unique style.
In short, if you like the art and music from one - the other is worth a watch too.
These are 2 of the better short films ever made. Beautiful and artistic animation round out compelling and poignant stories. These are must watch and if you liked one, I'm sure you'll like the other.