A magician tries to lure the children away from nature with his tricks.

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A group of schoolchildren playing in an idyllic natural landscape are visited by a mysterious magician who entertains them with his transformations. But he soon proves sinister as he begins to transform the landscape into a grim, unsmiling metropolis. Written by MakoNagavatsky

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18 June 1988 (Japan)  »

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Is there a way out of urban hell?
17 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

This film is a short beauty about the conflict between nature and modern urban life. This conflict also parallels the differences between childhood and adulthood. The naivety of the children links to nature as city life links with the only adult in the movie who appears as combination of a wizard and a devil. In short, the film begins with pastoral natural surroundings with children playing in their natural habitat until the stranger with a large drum on his back arrives and gradually turns all into one big visual and audio urban hell. Is the possible return to nature an illusion?

The animation is beautiful and Frederic Back is an artist with great commitment to the environment.


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