New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival 2015  31st October 2015 –3rd November 2015

31st October – 3rd November 2015 31st October – 3rd November 2015

Momotaro’s Divine Sea Warriors with Spider and Tulip

●1st November 12:15 Theater 2

Looking back at the turning point of the history of Japanese Animation

Momotaro’s Divine Sea Warriors and The Spider and the Tulip are the two distinctive animated films made during the height of the Second World War. Although the war was going on, the atmosphere of the films is calm and pastoral. While retaining the influence of American animation, the seed of Japanese style emerges. Mr. Tochigi Akira, curator of the National Film Center, will join us to discuss the importance of these films.


“The Spider and the Tulip”

The Spider and the Tulip is the most famous film of Kenzo Masaoka, who devoted his life to modernizing Japanese animation. Using a prescoring system (recording the sounds first and making animation based on the soundtrack), a children’s story by Michiko Yokoyama became a musical animation with delicate movements. A ladybug girl is seduced by a spider but recovers the smile on her face with the help of the surrounding characters.

“Momotaro’s Divine Sea Warriors “

Momotaro’s Divine Sea Warriors (Momotaro: Umi no Shinpe), the first feature animated film produced in Japan, was released just before the end of the Pacific War. The film employs a unique style of realism. For example, the scene of a parachute troop was based on detailed research and the cut where strong beams of light fall was made with transmitted light (this was the first use of this technique in Japan). The director Seo said he “burnt out” while making this film. He retired from animation after his next film A Tale of the King (1949) and authored a picture book.


Akira Tochigi

Curator of Film, National Film Center


The Spider and the Tulip (Digital Remaster) (1943, Kenzo Masaoka, Japan, 16min)
Momotaro’s Divine Sea Warriors (1945, Seo Mitsuyo, Japan, 74min)

Japanese dialogue, English subtitle

This program is made possible with the support from National Film Center, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and Shochiku.

協賛 :
  • 石屋製菓(株)
  • サッポロビール(株)
  • 東日本電信電話(株)
  • (株)北洋銀行
  • (株)北海道銀行
  • 北海道空港(株)
  • 北海道コカ・コーラボトリング(株)
  • (株)マテック
  • よつ葉乳業(株)
  • (株)ロイズコンフェクト
  • JAL
  • ANA
総務省 / 外務省 / 経済産業省 / 観光庁 / 東京航空局 / 北海道運輸局 / 日本政府観光局(JNTO) / 北海道 / 千歳市 / 日本アニメーション協会 / 日本アニメーション学会 / 日本動画協会 / 映画産業団体連合会 / 北海道新聞社 / NHK札幌放送局 / 北海道放送 / 札幌テレビ放送 / 北海道テレビ放送 / 北海道文化放送 / テレビ北海道 / エフエム北海道 / エフエム・ノースウェーブ / STVラジオ(順不同)
Chitose Hokkaido, JAPAN


CARP札幌ビル 5階