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Like its Bandai stablemate Tare Panda, this one-shot, fully computer-animated wonder is an attempt to tap into the Hello Kitty merchandising market, putting the brand first and following with animation only reluctantly. Afro Ken is, as the name implies, a dog with a multicolored Afro hairdo, and several equally hallucinogenic friends. In several short sequences, he is shown visiting various tourist sites, playing with some of his canine friends, walking through Tokyo like a friendly Godzilla, and appearing in ancient cave paintings. The half-hour running time contains only 15 minutes of animation-the rest is bulked out with a "Making Of" documentary that manages to recycle much of the footage already shown, along with creator interviews. The only truly worthwhile item on the disc is the catchy theme song, and even that is played twice.

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Takashi Imanishi Director

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Name: Afro Ken
Release Date: Jan. 1, 2001
Name: アフロ犬
Romaji: afuro ken
Release Date: June 25, 2001
Rating: G
Runtime: 30 (mins)
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