Monkeys vs. polar bears! Osaru no Sankichi: Totsugekitai aka Sankichi the Monkey in The Storm Troopers (1934) by Mitsuyo Seo.
I can’t tell you anything about this, other than I like it. The title on YouTube is ç ‚ç…™ã‚Šé«˜ç”°ã®ã‚°ãƒ©ã‚¦ãƒ³ãƒ‰, which Babel Fish translates as Sand Smoking Takeda’s Ground.
An utterly bizarre Japanese cartoon from 1934, found courtesy of the excellent Cartoon Brew website. A whole lot more interesting information on this can be found in the comments there.
Here is part of a comment there by “EricW”:
This appears to be Komatsuzawa Hajimeâ€™s â€œToybox Series #3: Picture Book 1936â€³ (a.k.a. Momotaro vs Mickey Mouse). I found this description at http://www.kinema.uwaterloo.ca/white962.htm: â€œOne very popular cartoon character was Momotaro, the â€œPeach boy,â€ who appeared in a number of cartoons designed not just for domestic consumption within Japan, but for propaganda use in occupied countries as well. For example, Picture Book 1936 (Momotaro vs. Mickey Mouse) presented fanged Mickey Mouse look-alikes riding giant bats, attacking peaceful Pacific islanders (represented by cats and dolls, for some reason); the hero Momotaro jumps out of a picture book, repels the American mice, and cherry trees blossom throughout the island as the grateful natives sing â€œTokyo Chorus.â€
Here’s a GREAT surreal Japanese cartoon by Ikuo Oishi from 1933… the more I watch it the more I like it. If the Fleischer Brothers had been Japanese this is what they might have made. Parts of this remind me of Jim Woodring as well. It really makes me want to see more early Japanese animation. Don’t miss this one!