Beautiful paintings line the wall of an exhibition hall, each with an interesting and unusual story to tell. An elephant is recruited to be a boxing champion; a cosmetic surgeon fixes up problems with old and young alike; a man runs a robotic and heartless factory, only to be replaced as a factory part, himself; cute baby chickens frolic amidst a sea of red; and a Zen master sits calmly amidst storms, fires and distractions. Each of these stories and more can be seen through the paintings on display!
The memory works in mysterious ways. From stereotypes that help us to remember people, to what is left of the day we broke up, or even to what other creatures will remember of humans after our race is extinguished, the abstract comments of the narrator are illustrated in a literal way by the animation - resulting in holy toilet cities and other cyclopean creatures.
Eek! A man has been murdered! Somebody must get to the bottom of this, and it’s up to a variety of detectives to do so. Whether it’s the gumshoe who asks around town, the armchair sleuth, computer scientist with processing power or the stake-driving vampire slayer, there’s no doubt about one thing: the murderer will be found, by any means necessary!
Both of these old shorts cycle through a series of silent stories with somewhat satiric intent, featuring prominent use of music. If you weren't bored by one you may find the other a decent watch as well.
Life unfolds in the most unexpected places. Story of a Street Corner follows the bustling activities of a street corner, but not the ones you would expect. A hungry mouse, a moth desperately seeking the food caught in a spider’s web, and a love triangle unfolding between the posters lining the street are all depicted with an original musical score as the only sound.
These two longer shorts by Osamu Tezuka are ideal recommendations for each other: On the one hand they have some rather serious depictions or pointed satire regarding war; on the other they have some goofy animals and humour that owe much to Disney.