Crunchyroll Adds Kunio Katō's Oscar-Winning Petits Cubes

posted on 2009-07-02 05:57 EDT by Egan Loo
Also: Glass Maiden, Katō's The Diary of Tortov Roddle, anime shorts

The Crunchyroll media distribution company's website has revealed that it is beginning to stream Kunio Katō's Oscar-winning short, La Maison en Petits Cubes ("Tsumiki no Ie" or House of Blocks), on Thursday at 6:00 a.m. EDT. The anime won the Best Animated Short Film category at the 81st Annual Academy Awards in February. The 12-minute work uses paper drawings and 2D computer graphics to tell the story of a grandfather's memories as he adds more blocks to his house to stem the flooding waters. It was the second Japanese animated work to win a major Oscar, after Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away.

Crunchyroll is also beginning to stream Katō's 2003 The Diary of Tortov Roddle short at 6:00 a.m. EDT. The website already began streaming Studio Fantasia's Glass Maiden television anime series (pictured at left) on Wednesday. Other recently added anime titles include the Dark Side Cat Flash anime series, the Greathunt Flash anime series, and the Japan Tourism Anime Channel shorts.

Thank you to Emerje for the news tip.

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