Once upon a time, there was an old crocodile who had lived long enough to see the building of the pyramids. Plagued with rheumatism, the old crocodile could no longer catch his food; and so he did the next best thing: he ate one of his relatives. After failing to kill him, the rest of the crocodile family called a meeting to discuss what to do next - but the old crocodile, in the midst of things, slipped away unnoticed. He then met a kind octopus who fetched him food and stayed as his companion; but unfortunately, the old crocodile could not fight his instincts, and slowly began to devour her legs - one each evening...
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?
Both Atama Yama and The Old Crocodile have a really personnal, unique and warm animation (in fact, they are done by the same author).
If you like the random humour of Atama Yama, you'll be pleased to know that there is also this kind of humour in The Old Crocodile !
Both principal characters are concerned about strange and funny facts : a tree growing on the head or... Well, watch out both shows and you will have good surprises !
First of all, it makes sense that Atama Yama and Old Crocodile would be similar, given that they were made by the same person. Staff-aside, each has a grainy, brown type of animation and has a quiet, quirky story. Old Crocodile is definitely a bit more morbid, but fans of one should enjoy the other.
If you enjoy anime shorts that aren't mainstream then both Old Crocodile and Atama Yama are for you. They have a different style to them, and neither are particularly long. So if you're in the mood for something a bit different and liked one of these, then check the other out.
One dark and blustery night, a lone doctor is called to a village ten miles away in order to help with a sick patient. Quickly losing his servant to ill-intentioned hands and whisked away upon frightening horses, the doctor meets his young and ailing patient under the scrutinizing eyes of his family. It is here that the doctor will try to discover the root of the boy’s illness and also try to make some sense out of his own psyche.
Old Crocodile is about anthromorphised animals and is presented in a straightforward narrative while A Country Doctor is about humans and is dense, elliptical and paranoid. However, each have a grim, pessimistic outlook and were directed by Koji Yamamura. If you liked one the other is certainly worth a look.
Both of these anime shorts have a different style of animation. While their plotlines are dissimilar, both have a similar negativity about them. If you like watching something a little different, then check both of these out.
Two young boys were running late to get to a bus stop one day; and upon their arrival, they discovered a black book that had been left behind. Instead of the usual words inside, opening the book uncovers a world of wonder. A lone tower filled with books stands alone; a giant man-eating fish roams the stormy seas; and a ship sails amidst the waves. This isn’t just another ordinary book!
Cat Soup is an extremely abstract, abnormal, and at times, disturbing adventure, from the director of Nadesico. This 30 minute OVA follows two kittens through what seems to be the underworld, as they search for one of their lost souls. Along the way, they encounter new (edible) friends, scary situations, and even the end of the world! Will these felines manage to return unscathed? Or more importantly, avoid becoming the main course for dinner? Confusion abounds in this quirky OVA.
Two darkly humourous and visually distinct arthouse animes about animals. The Old Crocodile has a more coherent story (and less anthropomorphised animals), but I think generally Cat Soup will appeal to fans of that, and vice-versa. Cat Soup is more disturbing in its imagery, while the Old Crocodile is more disturbing in its story.
Constable Fuse is part of an elite Special Forces unit known as the Capital Police whose mission is to maintain peace during a time of civil unrest. Fuse becomes entangled within a web of intrigue and politics between the Capital Police, the government intelligence bureau, and a secret society known as Jin-Roh – the Wolf Brigade.
Despite the numerous differences between them, these animes tell essentially the same story - a story of tragic love between someone with a bestial nature and someone who trusts in him. So, if you enjoyed the drama in one of these works, you should definitely try the other.