Moving Picture
Moving Picture



Katsudō Shashin

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Moving Picture (活動写真, Katsudō Shashin) is a Japanese anime. Its creator and date of production are unknown, but it is speculated to be among the oldest ever produced. Natsuki Matsumoto, a lecturer at the Osaka-Tokyo University of Arts and Music, found the 50-frame film in an old family projector in Kyoto among a collection of foreign animation. The anime was found in Kyoto on July 31, 2005.


It consists of fifty frames drawn directly onto a strip of celluloid which lasts 3 seconds and depicts a young boy in a sailor suit writing the kanji "活動写真" (katsudō shashin, for "moving pictures") on a board, then turning towards the viewer, removing his hat, and offering a salute

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