Kenzō Masaoka

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Kenzo Masaoka
Born (1898-10-05)October 5, 1898
Osaka, Japan
Died November 23, 1988(1988-11-23) (aged 90)
Tokyo, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Occupation animator

Kenzō Masaoka (政岡 憲三, Masaoka Kenzō, October 5, 1898 - November 23, 1988) was an early anime creator. Masaoka was born in Osaka, Japan and died in Tokyo, Japan. He is probably most famous for creating the earliest anime to use cel animation and recorded sound.[1] He worked at a number of companies as an animator and actor. His work as a special effects artist earned him the title "Japanese Méliès."[2]

He also did work under the pseudonym Donbei Masaoka (正岡 どんべい, Masaoka Donbei).

Famous animators who worked under him include Mitsuyo Seo and Yasuji Mori.

Filmography[edit]

Year English Name Japanese Name Romaji Source
1927 Sea Palace 貝の宮殿 Kai no kyūden
1927 Shell Palace 海の宮殿 Umi no kyūden
1930 Nonsense Story, Volume 1: Monkey Island 難船ス物語 第壱篇 猿ヶ嶋 Nansensu Monogatari Daīppen Sarugashima [3]
1931 Shipwreck Story - Second Chapter - The Pirate Ship 難船ス物語 第二篇 海賊船 Nansensu Monogatari - Daini-hen - Kaizokusen [4]
1931 - 馬鹿八と城主様 Bakahachi to jōshu-sama [5]
1933 The World of Power and Women 力と女の世の中 Chikara to Onna no Yo no Naka [6]
1934 - - Shudan no tosei
1934 Three Crows 三羽烏 Sanba garasu
1934 The Gang and the Dancer ギャングと踊り子 Gyangu to Odoriko
1934 Vengeful Crow - Adauchi Karasu
1934 The Dance of the Chagamas
The Teakettle Marching Song
茶釜音頭 Chagama ondo [6]
1935 Fairy Forest 森の妖精 Mori no yōsei
1935 Ta-chan's Underwater Adventure ターチャンの海底旅行 Tāchan no kaitei ryoko [7]
1935 Ta-chan's Monster Adventure ターチャンの怪物退治 Tāchan no kaibutsu taiji
1935 Princess Kaguya かぐや姫 Kaguya Hime
1936 The Sparrows' Lodge 雀のお宿 Suzume no Oyado [7]
1938 - やっこのタコ平 Yakko no Takohei: Otomo wa tsuyoi ne
1939 Monkey and Crabs マングワ 新猿蟹合戰 Shin Saru Kani Gassen [8]
1939 Cat's Folktale ニャンの浦島 Nyan no urashima [9]
1939 Benkei and Ushiwaka 弁慶対牛若 Benkei tai Ushiwaka [10][11]
1940 Magician In The Dream 夢の魔術師 Yume no Majutsushi [12]
1941 Attack on Fuku-chan フクちゃんの奇襲 Fuku-chan no kishū [13]
1943 Spider and Tulip くもとちゅうりっぷ Kumo to chūrippu [6][14]
1946 Cherry Blossom: Spring's Fantasy 桜 - 春の幻想 Sakura: Haru no genso [15]
1947 Abandoned Cat Little Tora すて猫トラちゃん Sute Neko Tora-chan
1948 Tora-chan and the Bride トラちゃんと花嫁 Tora-chan to Hanayome [16]
1950 Tora-chan and the Insect トラちゃんのカンカン虫 Tora-chan no Kankan Mushi [17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kōdansha (1993). Japan: an illustrated encyclopedia. Kōdansha, ISBN 978-4-06-206489-7
  2. ^ The World History of Animation, Stephen Cavalier p. 144
  3. ^ "作品一覧 (3)". animation.filmarchives.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved August 10, 2017. 
  4. ^ "難船ス物語 第二篇 海" (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved August 10, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Bakahachi to jōshu-sama". Japanese Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Retrieved August 10, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c Sharp, Jasper (23 September 2004). "Pioneers of Japanese Animation". Midnight Eye: The Latest and Best in Japanese Cinema. Retrieved August 10, 2017. 
  7. ^ a b "Japanese Anime Classic Collection [Disc 3]". www.digital-meme.com. Retrieved August 10, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Monkey and Crabs". animation.filmarchives.jp. Retrieved August 10, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Cat's Folktale". Japanese Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Retrieved August 10, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Benkei and Ushiwaka". The Roots of Japanese Anime. Episode 7. 1939. 
  11. ^ Sharp, Jasper (23 September 2004). "Pioneers of Japanese Animation (Part 2)". Midnight Eye: The Latest and Best in Japanese Cinema. Retrieved August 10, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Magician In The Dream". Japanese Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Retrieved August 10, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Attack on Fuku-chan". Japanese Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Retrieved August 10, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Animage Top-100 Anime Listing". Anime News Network. January 15, 2008. Retrieved August 10, 2017. 
  15. ^ "東京都・京橋で「こども映画館2013」。喜劇王の無声映画や初期アニメを公開". mynavi.jp (in Japanese). June 14, 2013. Retrieved August 10, 2017. 
  16. ^ "トラちゃんと花嫁". The National Film Center Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved August 10, 2017. 
  17. ^ "トラちゃんのカンカン虫". Japanese Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Retrieved August 10, 2017. 

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