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.

In 2001, the Japanese magazine Animage elected Kumo to Tulip one of the greatest anime productions of all time.[1]

The short-film was screened at Locarno Film Festival and at Barbican Centre's Barbican Animation Show.[2][3]


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[edit]

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.


  1. ^ "Animage Top-100 Anime Listing". Anime News Network. January 15, 2008. Retrieved March 10, 2013.
  2. ^ "Kitaro Films, WWII Anime to Play at Locarno Film Fest". Anime News Network. July 31, 2008. Retrieved March 10, 2013.
  3. ^ "Anime Included in Barbican Animation Show". Anime News Network. Retrieved March 10, 2013.

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