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Made in the aftermath of WWII by the surviving animators in Tokyo, Sakura depicts Kyoto in the springtime, concentrating on the traditional image of a trainee geisha, before moving on to shots of two puppies playing amid a shower of cherry blossoms, and butterflies who turn out to have human faces. Considering the style of a vignette set to classical music, the most obvious influence is likely to have been Disney's Fantasia (1940), although there is no record of the movie being screened in Japan during the war years-possibly the directors were inspired by the idea of Fantasia, rather than the actual sight of it, just as Osamu Tezuka's Metropolis was written without its creator having seen the film of the same name. Sakura was a bold effort at restarting Japan's collapsed animation industry, but was understandably substandard, considering the poor conditions in which it was made.

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Name: Sakura
Release Date: Jan. 1, 1946
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Runtime: 5 (mins)
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