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1911- . Pseudonym for Norikazu Seo; sometimes also billed as Taro Seo. Born in Hyogo Prefecture, Seo went to Tokyo in the hopes of becoming an artist. After working briefly as one of Kenzo Masaoka's animators in Kyoto, he returned to Tokyo to make the talkie Sankichi the Monkey (1933, Osaru Sankichi; see Wartime Anime) and the Norakuro series. Inevitably drawn into the propaganda machine, Seo's Momotaro's Sea Eagles (1943, Momotaro no Umiwashi) was a success with both audiences and the Japanese Navy. Commissioned to make Japan's first full-length animated feature, Momotaro's Divine Sea Warriors (1945), he completed the movie in time for an April 1945 release, although most children had been evacuated from Tokyo by that time. After the war, he made The King's Tail (1949, Osama no Shippo) before retiring from animation to illustrate children's books.