The Monkey and the Crab

The Monkey and the Crab is an anime movie
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The monkey agrees to swap his persimmon seed for the crab's rice ball. The monkey eats the rice ball and is soon hungry again, but the crab plants the seed and grows an entire tree. The monkey steals some of the fruit but refuses to bring any down for the crab, and so the two fight until the crab holds the monkey's tail in his pincers. The monkey promises that, if the crab lets him go, he will give him three hairs from his tail, which is why crabs have three hairs on their claws.

The version listed here, screened as part of the Ponkiki Kids children's show, is only one of the more recent appearances of the better-known of the Japanese Folk Tales. An early Saru Kani Kassen (1917) by Seitaro Kitayama was the second Early Anime ever to be made, and the tale is often referenced-e.g., in My Neighbor Totoro, when Satsuki draws Mei as a crab because she is waiting so intently for her seeds to grow.

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Name: The Monkey and the Crab
Release Date: Jan. 1, 1988
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Romaji: Saru Kani Kassen
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Rating: None
Runtime: 25 (mins)
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