Inspired by Tschaikovsky's fourth symphony Op. 36, "A Legend of the Forest", Tezuka Osamu worked through the concept for more than ten years in order to complete four episodes. Only the first and fourth installments were actually completed. The original idea was to review the entire history of animation ranging the pre-Disney, Disney, and post-Disney TV animation era in four episodes. The first installment was an animated version of the Manga "Mosa, the Flying Squirrel" which was published as one of the Lion Books series. For this work, a very primitive method of animation was used --- it employed a certain editing trick to make still drawings look as if they were moving. For the fourth installment, the story developed around forest destroyers presented in the limited made-for-TV animation style scattering forest nymphs presented in Disney-style full-animation. Tezuka Osamu thus expresses the rich "forest" of animated art being driven out by TV.
Musasabi (Flying squirrel) (mother)
Musasabi (Flying squirrel) (child)
Musasabi (Flying squirrel) (female)
Nymph of the forest
Original story, story line, and character design: Tezuka Osamu Directors: Tezuka Osamu, Ui Kouji Art Director: Saito Masami Sound Director: Ui Kouji Music: Tschaikovsky's fourth symphony Op. 36 Performed by: Tokyo Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Kobayashi Kenichiro Background: Ishizu Setsuko, Takato Kazushige, Chijinami Mieko Original pictures: Yoshimura Masaki, Kobayashi Junji, Seya Shinji, Noma Toshi, Handa Teruo, Kawajiri Yoshiaki, Kanamori Yoshinori, Suzuki Shinichi Motion: Kitamura Naoko, Okamura Takashi, and Ishiguro Atsushi Illustrations: Katori Masaki Picture Checker: Kano Kaoru
Color Design: Fujita Rika Special Effects: Maekawa Takashi Shooting Director: Fujita Masaaki Sound Effects: Kurahashi Shizuo Shooting: Mushi Production Editing: Ogata Harutoshi Producer: Matsutani Takayuki Assistant Producer: Kubota Minoru
(c) Tezuka Productions Co., Ltd.
Shown at a lecture commemorating the Asahi Award on February 13, 1988 / 29 minutes 20 seconds / Partly in color
Tezuka Productions Co., Ltd. / Completed on December 18, 1987
The 42nd Mainichi Film Competition 1988 / The 25th Ofuji Noburo Award 1983
CIFEJ Award (Film for the Youth Award) at the 10th Zagreb International Animation Film Festival
Short Story Award, conferred by "young judges" at the Animation Film Festival for the Youth of Bour en Bres in France