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After a volcanic explosion, Madcap Island is set adrift and eventually runs aground on a continent governed by man-hating dogs. The dogs of Madcap Island mount an artillery attack on the island's town, and top dog Commander Pitz takes town chief Don Gavacho prisoner. Gavacho is rescued and sets to work hatching a plot, which involves hatching fleas. The hatching flea eggs, inside balloons, are set off on a fair wind to burst over the enemy, and the plan is that nature will do the rest. But biological warfare fails, and in the end there is a gunfight between Commander Pitz and Don Gavacho's ally Machine Gun Dandy. Shown at some film festivals with English subtitles, this short movie was a spin-off from the 1964 children's puppet show Madcap Island (*DE), a show of immense influence during the 1960s, but which has been largely forgotten in modern times-only eight episodes of the original now survive. Creator Hisashi Inoue would later become one of the writers on Moomins.

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Name: Madcap Island
Release Date: Jan. 1, 1967
Romaji: Hyokkori Hyotan Shima
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Rating: None
Runtime: 61 (mins)
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