Legend of the Forest

Legend of the Forest is an anime movie in the Legend of the Forest Franchise
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In the forest, in the valley, by the river that will eventually flow to the sea, insects buzz among the flowers. Two squirrels fall in love, but the forest is threatened by property developers. The innovation is not in the story, but in the way in which it is told. As with his Broken Down Film (see Jumping), Tezuka experiments with the film medium itself, starting with the still frames and limited camera movement on still pictures, before progressing through early monochrome, color, limited TV animation, and Disney-style full animation. In other words, LotF takes the viewer through several decades of animation history in just a few minutes. A second, unrelated film follows, in which forest spirits, shown in lush, Fantasia-quality animation and coloring, fight off the human building developers (led by a Hitler-look-alike construction boss), who are shown in limited animation with jagged, angular art design and bright, garish colors. Compare to Pompoko, in message if not execution.

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Name: Legend of the Forest
Release Date: Jan. 1, 1987
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Runtime: 23 (mins)
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