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...
Koji Yamamura's shorts are almost invariably masterstrokes, beautifully animated and darkly odd in a grainy, rather European sort of way. He's adapted or referenced some well known authors - but Old Crocodile, one of his most involving works, is based on an obscure French source and modelled on a certain kind of children's cartoon. Maybe you grew up watching those British cartoons with a crisp... read more
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