Early Japanese Animation (1931-1963) - Aug 8-12 on Network Awesome

Network Awesome is proud to present a unique exploration of the roots of Japanese animation! This series runs this week from Aug 8-12 and then forever after on our archives. The series begins today with our earliest film, "Our Baseball Match" directed by Chuzo Aoji in 1931, then highlights the work of Kenzo Masaoka, features the first full-length color film from the era, the rare "Panda and the Magic Serpent" from 1959, and ends with Osamu Tezuka's brilliant Astro Boy series from 1963. It's 5 days of magic!

In addition, we'll publish related articles each day on Network Awesome Magazine from guest columnist Cory Gross from Voyages Extraordinaires!
Here's the first chapter: http://networkawesome.com/mag/article/early-japanese-animation-part-i-the-earliest-days/


Network Awesome is a new online TV channel that programs 4-6 hours of daily programming. All our content is curated from YouTube and our innovative system stitches the various links together and presents it linearly to the viewer. Sure, that's innovative - but our programming is the main feature - it's exquisitely entertaining and fun!

We feature an extensive digital Magazine with more than 60 writers commenting on fascinating media. Network Awesome has been up and running since January 1, 2011 and has been featured in NY Times, BoingBoing, LA Times, Dangerous Minds and many others.


Upcoming Network Awesome specials include:
- The films of Georges Méliès Aug 20th.
- Mario Bava Week: Aug 22-26
- Warhol Weekend Sept 3&4

For more info, interviews, etc:
Andrea Perez, PR Manager - [email protected]
Jason Forrest, Creative Director - [email protected]

Full Schedule Aug 8-12, 2011

Monday - The Early Beginnings
UGOKIE-KO-RI-NO-TATEHIKI (Fox and Raccoon Dog Play Tricks each other) - 1933
Oira no Yakyu (Our Baseball Match) - 1931
The Routing of the Tengu - 1934

Tuesday - Kenzo Masaoka
KUMO-TO-CHURIPPU (The Spider and The Tulip) - 1943
Suteneko Tora-chan (Abandoned Cat Little Tora) - 1947

Wednesday - Momotaro's Divine Sea Warriors
Momotaro's Divine Sea Warriors - 1944/5 Dir. Kenzo Masaoka

Thursday - After the War
Koneko no Rakugaki - 1957
Panda and the Magic Serpent / The Tale of the White Serpent - 1958

Friday - Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy
Astro Boy: The Birth of Astro Boy (Episode 1) - 1963
Astro Boy: Colosso (Episode 1) - 1963
(and related: Trailer Trash featuring Studio Ghibli + a presentation of "Grave of the Fireflies")


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