The Lazy Fox

Original Title なまけぎつね
Japanese kana Rendering Namakegitsune
English Title The Lazy Fox
Production Date 1941
Author Sanae Yamamoto
Duration (minutes) 11
Sound silent
Color b/w
Plot In spring, the fox is busy partying. On the other hand, the diligent raccoon dog family works hard in the fields even in the hot summer and are ready for the fall harvest. The fox makes fun of the raccoon dog family sweating as they carry their crops and steals a rabbit’s food in front of the raccoon dogs. When cold winter comes, the raccoon dog family enjoy themselves around a fire, but the fox wanders in the snow searching for food. The fox works out a plan to rob the raccoon dogs of the stock of food in their warehouse by starting a phantom fire. The fox changes into the shape of a truck and gets away with the food, but a raccoon dog turns into a sleigh and chases it. A battle of transformation between the fox and raccoon dogs starts in the air. One raccoon dog, reduced to one wing is facing a tough fight, but his family helps him with an anti-aircraft gun and finally fights off the fox.
Description This is an educational film designed to encourage hard work and savings. However, it is full of interesting ideas unique to animation, such as a fox transforming into a truck, raccoon dogs turning snow into snowmobiles and anti-aircraft guns, and an aerial combat scene involving airplanes.
Production Company the Ministry of Education
Distribution Eiga Kyoiku Chuokai
Release Date
Credits: Director Animation: Sanae Yamamoto
Credits: Staff, Cast, etc.
Intertitles T1「映畫教育中央會 提供」、T2「文部省映画」、T3「なまけぎつね」、T4「春」、T5「働き者のたぬきの家では」、T6「暑い暑い夏が来た」、T7「それから秋がきて」、T8「たいへん働くね しかしいつもまずいものをたべてゐるね」、T9「働ける時に一生けんめい働いてためておかなくてはね」、T10「そんなに働きたいとはそんなしようぶんだな まあそこでちよつと見てゐろ」、T11「あんな悪いことをしてはいけないよ」、T12「それから寒い寒い冬が来て」、T13「きつねさんもたべ物がなくて困るだらう」、T14「なまけ者のきつねはたべ物に困つて来ました」、T15「あっ そうだよい考へがある」、T16「火事だ!! 火事だ!!」、T17「あっ!! たいへんだ おくらが――」、T18「早く荷物を荷物を」、T19「よくもだましたな」、T20「をはり 作画 山本早苗」。
Censorship - Date and Number [参考]内務省検閲番号:19316(1941年6月13日)
Frames per Second 24fps
Source of Digital Copy The 35mm nitrate original negative owned by Ministry of Education -> The 35mm interpositive owned by NFC -> 35mm internegative -> The 35mm positive
Completeness complete
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