J – Oatari Sora No Entaku (The Plane Cabby’s Lucky Day) (1932), by Teizo Kato. This bizarre cartoon is made more bizarre by the animator not animating random stuff he apparently doesn’t feel like animating, or doesn’t feel competent to animate… arms stretch for no reason other than wanting to avoid drawing a walk cycle… inanimate objects move on their own accord. Instead of putting a hat on, our hero shoots a hat out of his ass and it floats effortlessly onto his head.
Here are the opening and closing bits from the 1970 incarnation of Norakuro.
This cartoon is called Issun-boshi no Shusse (1929) on YouTube. It appears to feature an ancestor of S. Clay Wilson’s Checkered Demon. Searching for information on it I ran across this page refers to it as The Tiny One Makes it Big, and attributes it to the production company Nakano Mangasha. That page also is selling dvd’s that include a number of the old Japanese cartoons featured here recently, as well as many others, in their Japanese Anime Classic Collection [4-DVD box set].
Babel fish translates the title of this short YouTube video (æ£®ã®é‡Žçƒå›£ Mori No Yakyuudan (1934)) as Baseball Group of Forest. The cranking cat tail gag may have been lifted directly from Disney’s Steamboat Willie (where a goat is getting cranked)… although that gag was probably used in a lot of cartoons.
Another mysterious old Japanese cartoon from YouTube… this one is titled æ£®ã®ãŠåŒ»è€…ã¨ç™½è¡£ã®å‹‡å£«, which Babel Fish translates as Doctor of Forest and Brave Warrior of Sanitary Gown. The cartoon part starts a quarter of the way in. I like how the Brave Warrior of Sanitary Gown seems to be saluting a monkey.