Mar 15, 2011

Osamu Tezuka: Jumping

Osamu Tezuka's short animation, Jumping, is a wonderland of industrialized eye-candy. The palette of this animation is more sophisticated than many of the palettes that were existing in animation before this time in the sense that there was more variation in texture and detail with concern to mark, but also, the idea that color was being used not only to highlight space, but was a source that was used to create and define space. In Jumping we are taken through a city scape, and within this environment we are exposed to the compartmentalization of an industrialized environment. From the attention to detail, to the allusion to space, and the delicateness that is expressed in the juxtaposition between the business of the world below and the clarity of the the clouds and sky above, this urban landscape is at once interrupted by the bombastic and hellish visuals of bombings and war. In the banal and everyday landscape of the living this film reminds the viewer of the flux between the places we experience and how the experience is so easily altered and changed by traumatic events within the trajectory of history.

Tezuka (pictured above) was born in 1928, in Toyonoka, in Osaka, Japan. He is known as the "Godfather of Anime" and is known for Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion, and the Buddha series of manga--to name only a few achievements in his long and prolific career. Tezuka died in 1989.


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|| Post by: Stephanie Clark ||

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