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Silent Asia

Authored by: Giannalberto Bendazzi

Animation: A World History

Print publication date:  November  2015
Online publication date:  October  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138854529
eBook ISBN: 9781315721057
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As soon as the first cartoons by Émile Cohl and John Randolph Bray were shown in Tokyo around 1914, some of the local artists tried to imitate them as animators. The Japanese animated films (which in the beginning were called senga eiga, or ‘films with designed lines’) boast three pioneers: Shimokawa Hekoten, Kitayama Seitaro, and Kouchi Sumikazu. All three of these artists made their debut in 1917 within a few months of each other and were in close contact with film production companies from the very start.

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