The anime of Osamu Tezuka (1928–89) is wide-ranging in subject matter and styles, yet consistently combines seemingly cute characters with powerful post-nuclear sentiments. Familiar yet strange, kitsch yet elegant, Tezuka's iconic animated work affords the viewer an insight into the perplexing formal mutations and weird narrative contortions that typify postwar Japanese culture.
LECTURE Tezuka: From Manga to Anime 4.30–5.30pm Thursday 5 April / Cinema A
Curator Philip Brophy delivers a fascinating overview of how Tezuka transformed some of his key manga — Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion, Princess Knight and Black Jack — into anime series and films. This presentation will show manga sequences and discuss how Tezuka developed his ideas for motion and rhythm specifically from his work in the graphic medium of manga.
List of Works
Tezuka Kids' Flicks
Alakazam the Great (Saiyu-Ki) 1961 | Directors: Daisaku Shirakawa, Taiji Yabushita
Astro Boy (Tetsuwan Atomu) [original] 1963 | Director: Osamu Tezuka
Astro Boy (Tetsuwan Atomu) [remake] 1980 | Director: Noboru Ishiguro
Kimba the White Lion 1980 | Director: Eiichi Yamamoto
The Fantastic Adventures of Unico 1981 | Director: Toshio Hirata
Jungle Emperor Leo (Junguru Taitei) 1997 | Director: Yoshio Takeuici