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TOMM the 3rd Exhibition: Tezuka Osamu TV animations


Period: November 3, 1994 – February 28, 1995
Venue: Tezuka Osamu Manga Museum

So far Japanese Animation has made its way into the global market and become one of the representative cultures of Japan. This expansion of Japanese animation attributes to its unique production style which led the global animation scene from both quality and quantity aspects.

Japanese animation has developed along with Tezuka Osamu and TV broadcasting. On January 1, 1963, Astro Boy, the first Japanese 30min. TV animation series started. Before the arrival of Astro Boy, only a few animation works were theatrically released in Japan. Under such circumstances, it was thought impossible to broadcast 30 min. TV animation every week since no less than 700 sheets of drawings were required per min.

Tezuka Osamu, however, made it possible with his willingness to take on new challenges. He rationalized animation production procedures by introducing “Limited Animation”, a new method he developed to reduce the number of drawings and created a new type of animation works attracting people with interesting stories as well as animation.

Following the success of Astro Boy, Tezuka turned his manga works into animation one after another. Also the success triggered the entry of other studios into animation productions, which led to today’s prosperity of Japanese animation.

This exhibition aims to entertain both adult and child visitors and deepen their understanding of animations by introducing the basics of animation production, embodying the history of TV animation with materials actually used such as cell pictures, storyboards, art settings and other, analysing how 30min. weekly TV animation series was realizes, and comparing Limited Animation and Full Animation.