Kumo to Tulip
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Kumo to Tulip (くもとちゅうりっぷ Kumo to Chūrippu, lit. "Spider and Tulip") is a short animated Japanese film made in 1943 by Kenzo Masaoka. It is a story about a ladybug being chased by a black-faced spider. The spider catches the ladybug, but then it rains, the spider drowns, and the ladybug is freed by a friendly fly.
A spider wants to lure a beetle-woman into her net by singing, but she recognizes the danger and flees. She saves herself in a tulip, in which she is then wrapped by the spider's thread. Shortly after, a storm rises, which the beetle-woman (protected by the flower) survives, but the spider gets thrown through the air until it finally lands in a puddle.
Release and Production
The film was produced in 1943 under the direction of Kenzo Masaoka by Shochiku Doga Kenkyujo. It was the first time a multiplane camera was used for a Japanese cartoon. The music was composed by Ryutaro Hirota.
The film was released on April 15, 1943 in Japanese cinemas.
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