|Japanese kana Rendering||Tarosan no kisya|
|English Title||Taro's Train|
|Plot||Taro-san is the conductor of a train that transports animals. A family of pigs is occupying the seats, and the old goat has nowhere to sit. Taro-san puts the pigs' luggage onto the luggage rack to give the old goat a seat. A married hippopotamus couple eat bananas and toss the skins onto the walkway. A young lady crane walks by and slips on one of them. Taro-san gives the hippos a warning. While the polar bear is using the washroom, the train goes through a tunnel, covering him with soot that blows through the open window. As the polar bear leaves, the crane enters to wash her face, but the washroom is out of water. A cow drinks heavily while a horse devours his lunch, personifying the Japanese proverb, "Drink like a cow and eat like a horse." The cow finishes his sake and tosses the bottle out the window. The bottle hits a monkey who is working on the railroad and injures him. This infuriates the monkey, prompting him and his friend to chase the train on a mine trolley. The monkeys board the train and begin attacking the cow. Taro-san tries to keep the peace, but is thrown out of the train with the brawlers.|
|Description||The 37th of the Athena Film Library educational film series produced by Yokohama Cinema Shokai. A 35mm version and a 16mm version were released. The existing print is a 16mm Sakura Graph version released by Konishiroku Honten. The 35mm original version has a length of 303 meters (11 min. at 24fps). According to The History of Japanese Animation (Katsunori Yamaguchi and Yasushi Watanabe, Yubunsha, 1977, pp. 198-199), the story itself is Taro's dream. There is a possibility that there were live-action scenes before and after the dream. In 1926, the Ministry of Education produced an educational film Public Manners: Tokyo Sightseeing Tour (公衆作法 東京見物) to show proper train manners. This work seems to be its animated version.|
|Production Company||Yokohama Cinema Shokai*|
|Distribution||35mm version: Okamoto ＆Co.*, Oku Shokai Ltd.*,
16mm version:Konishiroku Honten
|Release Date||Jun 1929|
|Credits: Director||Animation: Yasuji Murata|
|Credits: Staff, Cast, etc.||Supervise: Chuzo Aochi, Photography: Yukikiyo Ueno*|
|Intertitles||T1「太郎さんの汽車 TAROSAN NO KISHA 全一巻」、T2「監輯 青地忠三／漫画 村田安司」、T3「少しかけさせて貰へますまいか」、T4「駄目だね、こゝは向いあって四人なんだから」、T5「おれもよく飲むがお前もよく喰ふな、……だから世間で牛飲馬食っていふんだ」、T6「ガッタンショ ガッタンショ」、T7「今の汽車から誰かゞ投げたんだ」、T8「大急ぎであの汽車を追かけてくれ」、T9「よしッ！」、T10「終」。|
|Censorship - Date and Number||[参考]内務省検閲番号：D7059(1929年6月18日)|
|Frames per Second||24fps|
|Source of Digital Copy||The 16mm positive owned by NFC -> The 35mm internegative|
|Additional Notes||simple digital restoration
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