Saturday, December 29, 2007


On this thread on Cartoon Brew, a few people said that this movie should receive one of the three Academy Award nominations for Animated Movie. Now, there's a lot of snootiness and hipper-than-thou attitudes over there, but there are also a lot of people who know their animation. And I'd never even heard of this movie, so I was curious.

It turns out to be a really neat animated movie from Japan. I guess that technically makes it "anime", but the characters look more like Lynda Barry drawings than the traditional Astro Boy-style manga. I like how the characters all look fairly sketch-like, but the background buildings are very solid and 3-D.

The story is fairly surreal and involves a couple small homeless boys with the ability to jump very far and have crazy hallucinations. Also a diabolical yakuza gang which plans to tear down the strip clubs and put up an amusement park for some reason. And some unstoppable killers. Also some of the coolest-looking animation I've seen in quite some time.

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