Little Kitty draws some scribbles on the wall of the school, and in his guilt-ridden daydreams they come alive and lead him off into a series of adventures involving runaway graffiti trains, chicken scratch traffic jams and an army of mice in bubbles...
As a premise, I grew up watching old Disney black and white shorts. The format is simplistic, but can be charming in its own way. As this is Toei's oldest entry on the site, I thought I'd give it a try, and despite the low average rating, it is very enjoyable. Story: whimsical is the only way to describe the story. A young kitten brings his pencil drawings to life, and then battles an army of stick-figure mice when the real mice steal his pencil. It's not a very complex plot, but it's very imaginative. Animation: The video I watched had obviously degraded with time. Some of the frames were fading, and there were a few times the animation skipped. But the film is 60 years old now, and so I won't grade it on its current condition. With much of the film devoted to moving stick figures, it does appear overly simplistic. But, given the animation of the kitten and mice, I'd say the animators were fairly skilled. Sound: There is only the background music, which sounds like it may have been a live band at the time. It matches the story fairly well. Characters: Because of the shortness of the film, and because of the lack of voice acting, it's hard to develop a character. The kitten is precocious, and the mice are clever. And while the kitten learns a lesson of sorts, I'm not sure if it stuck. Should you you watch this? Yes. It might not be as flashy as modern anime, but it's part of a major animation company's history.
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