Monster Waste: A Retro Anime Public Service Announcement

Posted by Michael Pinto on Nov 24, 2009 in Animation, Japanese TV

I’m not sure of the date of this public service announcement, but my guess is that it’s from the 70s. This animated announcement by the japan Advertising Council warns about the dangers of wasting food. To an older generation (represented by the old man) who went through World War II food shortages weren’t theoretical — so it felt to be important to pass these values onto the next generation.

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A Surrealistic Stop Motion Vintage Crime Fighting Cartoon from 1940

Posted by Michael Pinto on May 14, 2009 in Animation, Design

Saint Paul Police Detectives and Their Work was a public service color stop motion cartoon produced in 1940. The quality of the animation is itself quite crude and done on tabletop, although the design of each scene which represents a criminal activity is fascinating as each screen is well designed and uses everyday objects. The added touch of the art deco lettering gives you a Dick Tracy feeling offset by an almost surreal sounding soundtrack: Read more…

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